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The Power of Shower Thinking

The Power of Shower Thinking | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Have you ever spent an hour staring at a blank piece of paper, willing some new ideas to spill onto the page, only to feel disappointed and exhausted when nothing materializes?
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How to Pick the Best Productivity Method for Your Personality | Todoist Blog

How to Pick the Best Productivity Method for Your Personality | Todoist Blog | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
There are many productivity techniques– it's hard to choose which is ideal for you. We share the Pomodoro, Seinfeld, & GTD methods to help you decide the best.
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we’ve rounded up three of the most popular strategies: Getting Things Done (GTD), Pomodoro, and Seinfeld, analyzed them, and provided tips regarding each method and what kinds of characteristics you might require to benefit from one over the other.

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Mindapps and The Neurosingularity Project

Mindapps and The Neurosingularity Project | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
When Bigger Heads and Better Brains Surpass Our Current Ones
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Inventing new mindapps, chemicals⎯breathing skills, exercise routines, and so forth⎯is an open frontier. An even more innovative step is to combine psychotechnologies into new recipes, to orchestrate them into innovative series, to invent new mindapps and their synthetic states

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This 5-Step Mental Workout Will Make You Smarter

This 5-Step Mental Workout Will Make You Smarter | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Dan Hurley, author of Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power, advises that you put some brain sneakers on and get mentally moving.
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Lessons from Disney Pixar on how creativity leads to more summative success - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning

Lessons from Disney Pixar on how creativity leads to more summative success - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Pixar, since it was purchased by Disney, gives off an air of resilient creative and commercial success, but the journey is rarely that smooth. In fact, the more creative the output, the more commercially successful it is, for Pixar at least, and the processes used by the teams is remarkably close to what we see in highly effective classrooms. During...
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Agile is not a Process – it Defines a Culture - Only Dead Fish

Agile is not a Process – it Defines a Culture - Only Dead Fish | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
I’ve been reading Michael Sahota’s Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide (from which the title of this post is taken) and finding myself nodding in violent agreement with much of its sentiment. The word ‘agile’ seems to be being applied...
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How To Think

How To Think | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
"It’s uncomfortable to focus so intensely on what you’re bad at."
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Two of the most important executive functions are cognitive flexibility and cognitive self-control. Cognitive flexibility is the ability to see alternative solutions to problems, to think outside the box, to negotiate unfamiliar situations. Cognitive self-control is the ability to inhibit an instinctive or habitual response and substitute a more effective, less obvious one

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
'Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.'
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While there's no "typical" creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.

 

 

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Eight Habits that Improve Cognitive Function

Eight Habits that Improve Cognitive Function | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
What daily habits improve brain structure and cognitive function?
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Physical ActivityOpenness to ExperienceCuriosity and CreativitySocial ConnectionsMindfulness MeditationBrain-Training GamesGet Enough SleepReduce Chronic Stress
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The Science Behind Optimizing A Productive Work Environment

The Science Behind Optimizing A Productive Work Environment | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Environmental factors like noise levels, temperature, and lighting can make a big difference to how creative we are.
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Why It's Time To Learn Another Language - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Learn Another Language - Edudemic | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
I often hear language learning is much easier when you are younger, and that we must teach our young students another language when they are young so that they can be ‘more competitive’ in an increasingly globalized, connected world. While I don’t argue with that at all, there are many other benefits that come from being …
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10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday

10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Source: Huffington Post

Our brains are by far our most important organs.  Here are 10 of the most surprising things our brains do and what we can learn from them:

1. Your brain does creative work better when you're tired.

Here's how it breaks down:

If you're a morning
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How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views | MIT Technology Review

How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views | MIT Technology Review | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Computer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views. The goal?
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Eduardo Graells-Garrido at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona as well as Mounia Lalmas and Daniel Quercia, both at Yahoo Labs, say they’ve hit on a way to burst the filter bubble. Their idea that although people may have opposing views on sensitive topics, they may also share interests in other areas. And they’ve built a recommendation engine that points these kinds of people towards each other based on their own preferences.

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Brain Time

Brain Time | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
David Eagleman Blog
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It seems clear from preconscious reactions that the motor system does not wait for all the information to arrive before making its decisions but instead acts as quickly as possible, before the participation of awareness, by way of fast subcortical routes. This raises a question: what is the use of perception, especially since it lags behind reality, is retrospectively attributed, and is generally outstripped by automatic (unconscious) systems?

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6 Science-Backed Methods To Improve Your Memory

6 Science-Backed Methods To Improve Your Memory | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
You've heard the memory-boosting advice and tried all the tricks. Check out these surprising ways your memory can be better, backed up with science.
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Vitamin E may delay decline in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease, study finds | KurzweilAI

Vitamin E may delay decline in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease, study finds | KurzweilAI | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
(Credit: iStock) New research published online first in the Jan. 1 Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that alpha tocepherol (fat-soluble
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Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed

Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if "thinking caps" were real? Scientists have now shown that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.
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In a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt psychologists Robert Reinhart, a Ph.D. candidate, and Geoffrey Woodman, assistant professor of psychology, show that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.

 
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Strongest evidence yet of two distinct human cognitive systems

Strongest evidence yet of two distinct human cognitive systems | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Cognitive scientists may have produced the strongest evidence yet that humans have separate and distinct cognitive systems with which they can categorize, classify, and conceptualize their worlds. The systems also may have different courses of decline in cognitive aging, which would have ramifications for remediation and compensation in dementia.
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"Our finding that there are distinct, discrete systems has implications for the fields of child development and cognitive aging," says lead researcher, cognitive psychologist J. David Smith, PhD, of the University at Buffalo.

"These distinct systems may have different developmental courses as the cortex matures," he says, "meaning that children may categorize differently than adults, using different systems at different ages. This would have educational and training implications in cases of developmental disability."

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Creative Strategies for Thinking Obliquely | The Curious Creative

Creative Strategies for Thinking Obliquely | The Curious Creative | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
In "The Rules of Genius, Rule #9: Approach answers obliquely", Marty Neumeier outlines a range of thinking strategies (italicised below) to explore a
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thoughts and links to help you approach your own creative exploration in a holistic way and to think obliquely

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Can you learn to be creative?

Can you learn to be creative? | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Is creativity magical? Not according to those now teaching it as a skill, discovers Colin Barras. Are there really secrets to unlocking your imagination?
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Puccio teaches his students that creativity comes in four stages – clarifying, ideating, developing and implementing. Clarifying is ensuring you’re asking the right question; ideating is about exploring as many solutions as possible; developing and implementing are making sure the idea is practical and convincing to others.

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The Latest DIY Craze: Brain Hacking - IEEE Spectrum

The Latest DIY Craze: Brain Hacking - IEEE Spectrum | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Home experimenters are building rigs to send currents through their heads
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tDCS doesn’t require expensive equipment; all it takes is a 9-volt battery, some simple circuits, and a couple of electrodes. Consequently, it didn’t take long for so-called biohackers to band together and come up with schematics for devices.

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A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939

A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939 | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
"The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas."
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Your Memory May Be Edited

Your Memory May Be Edited | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Recent and easily retrievable information can overwrite the details of memories, thus altering them in your mind. Christie Nicholson reports.
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Sometime creativity needs no cultivation at all :-)

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Biology of the mind: Is consciousness merely the result of evolution, or something more? (Live video)

Biology of the mind: Is consciousness merely the result of evolution, or something more? (Live video) | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
At 2:30pm (eastern time) today, some of the world's preeminent psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers will discuss the biology of the mind. The discussion, which takes place at The Helix Center in New York, will focus on whether the very human concepts of the mind, consciousness, and self-awareness are merely a function of the mammalian brain's structure, or whether there's more to it. By the same measure, the researchers will discuss whether the mind is purely the reserve of humans, or whether it also exists further down the evolutionary scale (does a dog have a mind? how about a bird, or a crocodile?)
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Oh, how the mind loves to spend its time... contemplating the mind

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5 Steps That Will Boost Your Creativity - Edudemic

So how does one go about harnessing their inner creativity? It isn't a process that can really be forced.
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The handy infographic below takes a look at ways you can be more creative, and some great techniques you can employ to get the juices flowing when your river of creative has run dry.

 

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Helpful infographic on ways to be more creative.

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10 Surprising Indicators Of Genius - Listverse

10 Surprising Indicators Of Genius - Listverse | Cultivating Creativity | Scoop.it
Short of mastering chess in five moves or teaching yourself fifteen languages before turning seventeen, there are a number of ways for the "average" person
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