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Creative People Literally See the World Differently, Mind-Blowing Research Shows

Exceptionally creative people and your average Joe see different things when they look around.
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6 Brain Science Surprises About Being Creative

6 Brain Science Surprises About Being Creative | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Most of us are always looking for ways to be more creative. Creativity is the basis of innovation, doing new things, breaking ground, and going places you've never been. There's plenty of advice available, but it comes with the presumption that we have a clear view of creativity.

According to researchers, that isn't the case. We misunderstand creativity, what it means, where it is used, and who can be creative. Here are some of the biggest mistakes we make in thinking about the subject.
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A Cognitive Trick for Solving Problems Creatively

A Cognitive Trick for Solving Problems Creatively | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Many experts argue that creative thinking requires people to challenge their preconceptions and assumptions about the way the world works. One common claim, for example, is that the mental shortcuts we all rely on to solve problems get in the way of creative thinking. How can you innovate if your thinking is anchored in past experience?
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Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice

Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Creators are not mere experts. Instead of deliberately practicing down an already existing path, they often create their own path for others to follow
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How Do You Create A Culture Of Innovation?

How Do You Create A Culture Of Innovation? | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it

It sounds so seductive: a "culture of innovation." The three words immediately conjure up images of innovation savants like 3M, Pixar, Apple, and Google—the sorts of places where innovation isn’t an unnatural act, but part of the very fabric of a company. It seems a panacea to many companies that struggle with innovation. But what exactly is a culture of innovation, and how does a company build it?
While culture is a complicated cocktail, four ingredients propel an organization forward: the right people, appropriate rewards and incentives, a common language, and leadership role-modeling.


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Creative people’s brains really do work differently

Creative people’s brains really do work differently | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
What makes highly creative people different from the rest of us? In the 1960s, psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron set about finding out. Barron conducted a series of experiments on some of his generation’s most renowned thinkers in an attempt to isolate the unique spark of creative genius.
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How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity

How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
DO some people have a special talent for serendipity? And if so, why?
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What the Research Tells Us About Team Creativity and Innovation

What the Research Tells Us About Team Creativity and Innovation | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
There are areas in the research on teams where the findings are all very clear, as are the prescriptions for leaders. Creativity and innovation are not among them. We know how some factors affect creativity and innovation, but we’re only just beginning to understand some of the more complex relationships.
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How to Be Creative: 6 Secrets Backed By Research | TIME

How to Be Creative: 6 Secrets Backed By Research | TIME | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Whether it’s at work or in our free time, many of us would love to learn how to be creative. Coming up with great ideas and new perspectives is a blast.

But “thinking different” is not something we really get taught in school. So how do you become an innovator? I called an expert to find out.
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From Inspiration to Implementation — Medium

From Inspiration to Implementation — Medium | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
There is an insatiable demand for innovation and entrepreneurship. These skills are required to help individuals and ventures thrive in a competitive and dynamic marketplace. However, many people don’t know where to start. There isn’t a well-charted course from inspiration to implementation.
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Be wary of studies that link mental ill health with creativity or a high IQ | Dr Oliver Joe Robinson

Be wary of studies that link mental ill health with creativity or a high IQ | Dr Oliver Joe Robinson | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
In truth sufferers are as diverse as the society in which they live. That is to say, there are many who suffer from serious mood disorders who aren’t especially creative or pushing the upper reaches of IQ. And even if they were, as a recent review in the British Journal of Psychiatry puts it: “By my reckoning if it was possible to remove all bipolar disorder in the population, creativity would only be reduced by 0.23%.”
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Bipolar could be the 'price humans pay for higher intelligence and creativity'

Having a high IQ level in childhood has been linked to suffering mood disorders such as bipolar in later life following a recent study.
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7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers

7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it

Many people believe that creativity and innovative thinking are traits that we are born with—we either have them or not. However, we have found that people who are highly innovative are a work in progress, forever questioning and examining themselves and the world around them. Far from being something we are born with, we can all become more innovative and creative by developing the traits that innovative people share. Here are some of the emotional intelligence-related attributes that innovative people share.
1. Innovators have their ego in check
Emotional intelligent people have their egos under control and are open to other people’s ideas. They don’t think their ideas are always the best. As a result of their openness to other ideas, they are able to accumulate a larger source of data from which to draw from. They are also less likely to fall into the trap of following up on ideas and prospects that are only popular and then receiving kudos for them.
2. Emotionally intelligent people are confident, not arrogant

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Albert Einstein's Unique Approach to Thinking | Evernote Blog

Albert Einstein's Unique Approach to Thinking | Evernote Blog | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot about Einstein’s creative insights and philosophical vantage points to help guide the work we tackle today.
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Zapping Your Brain May Enhance Creativity

Zapping Your Brain May Enhance Creativity | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Though we tend to associate creativity with artists and entertainers, it’s still a tricky area of research, since it encompasses a wide variety of neural and cognitive processes. Researchers at Georgetown University (GU) have published a new study in the journal Cerebral Cortex that looks at increasing one element of creativity, which they dub “the thinking cap” approach. The study suggests that with a little zap of electrical current delivered by transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), we can increase the brain’s ability to make new connections across “distant” ideas, particularly where language is concerned. This could offer new inroads to treatments of such disorders as aphasia (difficulty finding words) and boost cognitive thinking on demand.
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Innovation Starts—And Ends—With Mindset | Digital Tonto

Innovation Starts—And Ends—With Mindset | Digital Tonto | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
In her bestselling book Mindset, psychologist Carol Dweck argues that people who see their skills as a fixed set of strengths and weaknesses tend not to achieve much. On the other hand, those that see their skills as dynamic and changeable are able to continually grow their abilities and soar to great heights.

Businesses are the same way. Most see their business models as a permanent facet of their DNA, so when their environment changes, they fail to adapt. That’s why 87% of the companies on Fortune’s original list of 500 top firms are no longer there. Over time, most companies get better and better at things that people want less and less.
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Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity

Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Last year, researchers at Stanford found that people perform better on creative divergent thinking tests during and immediately after walking. The effect was similar regardless of whether participants took a stroll inside or stayed inside, walking on a treadmill and staring at a wall. The act of walking itself, rather than the sights encountered on a saunter, was key to improving creativity, they found.
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Why Google's '20 Percent' Rule Is Actually Useless

Why Google's '20 Percent' Rule Is Actually Useless | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
A recent article in Business Insider caught my eyes: The truth about Google's famous '20% time' policy. In their 2004 IPO letter, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote: "We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google... This empowers them to be more creative and innovative."
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Is Solitude a Key Element of Creativity?

Is Solitude a Key Element of Creativity? | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
To understand how creativity works, we need to first understand how creative people work.
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Creative people’s brains really do work differently

Creative people’s brains really do work differently | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
The common traits that people across all creative fields seemed to have in common were an openness to one’s inner life; a preference for complexity and ambiguity; an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray; the ability to extract order from chaos; independence; unconventionality; and a willingness to take risks.
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18 Habits Of Highly Creative People

18 Habits Of Highly Creative People | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don't have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.
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The Dark Side of Creativity

The Dark Side of Creativity | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Few psychological traits are as desirable as creativity — the ability to come up with ideas that are both novel and useful. Yet it is also true that creativity has been associated with a wide range of counterproductive, rarely discussed qualities. Being aware of these tendencies is important for anyone trying to better understand their own creativity, or that of other people.
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5 Tips to Help You Stay Creative Under Pressure

5 Tips to Help You Stay Creative Under Pressure | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
Creating graphic content can be challenging even for professionals. The ability to take an idea or a situation and translate it into something that is not just appealing but one that effectively portrays the idea in an easy to understand format can prove challenging and frustrating at times.
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Be wary of studies that link mental ill health with creativity or a high IQ | Dr Oliver Joe Robinson

Be wary of studies that link mental ill health with creativity or a high IQ | Dr Oliver Joe Robinson | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it

The idea that genius and madness are intertwined is an ancient one. But in truth, in this desperately underfunded field, we don’t even have objective tools to diagnose disorders of the mind, let alone back up claims such as this.

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A Parent’s Message: School Is Choking the Creativity Out of Kids

A Parent’s Message: School Is Choking the Creativity Out of Kids | Learning for Creativity and Innovation | Scoop.it
A glimpse inside the education of two "unschooled" boys.

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