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Why Two Problems Are Better Than One

Why Two Problems Are Better Than One

When you are trying to solve a very difficult problem, you may try to think about only that problem so you can remain focused.  However, research done at Binghamton University in 2007 shows that this may be a mistake.  Sometimes trying to solve two problems can help you come up with solutions you’d never find if you only focused on one problem. In their study they took 293 students and gave some of them a model problem with a solution…

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Think Of This To Boost Creativity In 43 Seconds

Think Of This To Boost Creativity In 43 Seconds

Research has shown that many types of creativity require abstract thought.  And thinking of events in the future causes people to think more abstractly. So researchers set up several experiments to answer the question “Does thinking about the future improve creativity?” Here’s what they did in one experiment. They divided participants into two groups.  One group was asked to think about their lives one year from now to get them to think about the future.  The other group was asked…

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How A Simple Arm Movement Can Increase Your Creativity In Just 10 Seconds

How A Simple Arm Movement Can Increase Your Creativity In Just 10 Seconds

Would you like to solve problems more effectively?  Or just come up with more creative ideas on demand? Research on how body movements affect the mind can show you how physical actions can make you much more creative. In one study published in 2002 by Friedman and Forster, researchers asked participants to complete various creativity tasks.  One group was asked to put their right hand under the table and pull it towards them gently.  The other group was asked to…

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