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Stop Trying to Solve Problems

Stop Trying to Solve Problems | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

"Hack the brain to increase complex problem solving."

 

"New research by Neuroscientist David Creswell from Carnegie Mellon ... explore[s]  what happens in the brain when people tackle problems that are too big for their conscious mind to solve."

 

 "To put it plainly - people who were distracted did better on a complex problem-solving task than people who put in conscious effort. This isn’t so surprising –the problem-solving resources of the non-conscious are millions if not billions of times larger than that of the conscious. What’s surprising is how fast this effect kicked in – the third group were distracted for only a few minutes. This wasn’t the ‘sleep on it’ effect, or about quieting the mind. It was something more accessible to all of us every day, in many small ways."


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The Neuroscience of Creativity: Why Daydreaming Matters | Matthew E. May

The Neuroscience of Creativity: Why Daydreaming Matters | Matthew E. May | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

When we need moments of insight, when we need to find far-reaching connections between seemingly unrelated ideas, when we’ve really hit the wall…that’s when we need to relax, to stop thinking about work, because the answer will only arrive when we stop looking for it.

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Integral Options Cafe: The Role of Emotions in Decision Making

Integral Options Cafe: The Role of Emotions in Decision Making | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

There is an interesting article from Jonah Lehrer over at Wired. He looks at a recent study that asked subjects to predict outcomes for 8 different events - those who people who trusted their feelings were more likely to predict the outcomes.

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Jonah Leher On The Three Types Of Creativity And How Brainstorming Doesn't Work | Fast Company

Jonah Leher On The Three Types Of Creativity And How Brainstorming Doesn't Work | Fast Company | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Interview with Jonah Lehrer, who wrote "Imagine: How Creativity Works."
"... there are probably three neurologically distinct forms of creativity. One is when you have these moments of insight that come out of the blue--when you have epiphanies in the shower. Those seem to come from the part of the brain that's involved in things like the interpretation of metaphors and the processing of jokes. Another form is really working hard at solving a problem--it's not nearly as fun as having an epiphany, but it's just as important. The last form is spontaneous improvisation--what Miles Davis did."


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UAB - Traumatic brain injury impairs financial decision making skills

UAB - Traumatic brain injury impairs financial decision making skills | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

People who experience a traumatic brain injury show a marked decline in the ability to make appropriate financial decisions in the immediate aftermath and a continued impairment on complex financial skills six months later, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
The very act of making decisions depletes our ability to make them well. So how do we navigate a world of endless choice?

 

Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car. No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can’t make decision after decision without paying a biological price.

 

The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain, and eventually it looks for shortcuts, usually in either of two very different ways. One shortcut is to become reckless: to act impulsively... The other shortcut is the ultimate energy saver: do nothing. Instead of agonizing over decisions, avoid any choice.

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Sleep-Deprived Neurons May Shut Down, Even When You’re Awake

Sleep-Deprived Neurons May Shut Down, Even When You’re Awake | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

When deprived of sleep, parts of the human brain may doze off, secretly snatching moments of slumber even as people seem to be awake. That could explain why our sleep-deprived selves are so cognitively challenged: We are, if not precisely half-asleep, partially asleep.

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When Gaming Is Good for You

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Videogames can change a person's brain and, as researchers are finding, often that change is for the better.

 

A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability.

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Dominic Wlliams's curator insight, March 15, 2013 6:51 AM

The most important thing about this article is that research suggests that playing video games improves creativity, decision-making and perception

donald william riden's comment, March 18, 2013 7:09 AM
that is very true dominic
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The Neuroscience of Imagination | Psychology Today

Aerobic exercise clears the cobwebs from your mind and gives you access to insights that are out of reach when you are sedentary. On the complete flip side, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (when we are dreaming) is probably the most creative state of mind we experience daily.

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Why The Future of Neuroscience Will Be Emotionless

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Should you trust your gut? This article provides answers from neuroscience. One finding: "go with your gut if your energy is low."

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‘Explorers’ use uncertainty and specific area of brain | Brown University News and Events

‘Explorers’ use uncertainty and specific area of brain | Brown University News and Events | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Life shrouds most choices in mystery. Some people inch toward a comfortable enough spot and stick close to that rewarding status quo. Out to dinner, they order the usual. Others consider their options systematically or randomly. But many choose to grapple with the uncertainty head on.

 

“Explorers” order the special because they aren’t sure they’ll like it. It’s a strategy of maximizing rewards by discovering whether as yet unexplored options might yield better returns. In a new study, Brown University researchers show that such explorers use a specific part of their brain to calculate the relative uncertainty of their choices, while non-explorers do not.

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What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind?

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Children today reach puberty earlier and adulthood later. The result: a lot of teenage weirdness. Alison Gopnik on how we might readjust adolescence.
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The Brain: The Trouble With Teens | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine

The Brain: The Trouble With Teens | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Fast driving, drugs, and unsafe sex: The risk-loving behavior of adolescents may result from a neurological gap in the developing brain. 

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