"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."
Via Sandeep Gautam