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Creative people’s brains really do work differently

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. In a historic study, Barron…

“The study showed that creativity is informed by a whole host of intellectual, emotional, motivational and moral characteristics.
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
  • a willingness to take risks.”

Sourced from: qz.com

How to Cultivate Your Creativity [Book Excerpt]

Adapted from Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind , by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.scientificamerican.com
Refreshing research insights to assist your #creativity considerations in the new year

  1. be open to new experiences
  2. cultivate a drive for exploration
  3. explore and engage in new things
  4. live the question (embrace uncertainty)

Afterall – the drive to explore, the ability to adapt to new environments and the ability to thrive in the face of uncertainty all provide important survival advantages.
And yes folks, this is what we are advocating during World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) April 15 – 21 every year.  Tell the world how you will be celebrating #WCIW2016 and here.
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Using Pictionary to Study Creativity and the Brain

Researchers at Stanford are trying to see what parts of the brain underlie creativity.

Investigators at Stanford University have found a surprising link between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body’s movement-coordination center.
In designing the study, the researchers drew inspiration from the game Pictionary.
A new study is the first to directly implicate the cerebellum in the creative process. As for the brain’s higher-level executive-control centers? Not so much.
We found that activation of the brain’s executive-control centers — the parts of the brain that enable you to plan, organize and manage your activities — is negatively associated with creative task performance,” said Reiss, who holds the Howard C. Robbins Professorship in Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences.
Creativity is an incredibly valued human attribute in every single human endeavor, be it work or play,” he continued. “In art, science and business, creativity is the engine that drives progress. As a practicing psychiatrist, I even see its importance to interpersonal relationships. People who can think creatively and flexibly frequently have the best outcomes.”

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day–And How To Avoid Them

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The swimmers body illusion and other ways our brains play tricks on us.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

Fascinating insights encourage people to be open to question their beliefs.  Helpful especially now that what we were taught when we were young doesn’t necessarily hold true today.


Creativity is about new ideas, new decisions and new actions; by stretching beyond what we believe to be true, new doors open.

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Brain Science Gives Us Evidence That Effort — Not IQ Or ZIP Code — Paves The Path To Success

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As it turns out, we are not “set in stone” at birth — not by genetics, not by the luck-of-the-draw of our ZIP code.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

Neuroscience: The more that teachers believe in their students the more that students believe in themselves. Think it’s the same for employers and employees?

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