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STEM to STEAM. Mind Mapping and Visualization. Why We're More Creative When We're Tired and 9 Other Surprising Facts About How Our Brains Work. 12.6K Flares 12.6K Flares × One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually do. On many occasions I find myself convinced that there is a certain way to do things, only to find out that actually that’s the complete wrong way to think about it.

For example, I always found it fairly understandable that we can multitask. Well, according to the latest research studies, it’s literally impossible for our brains to handle 2 tasks at the same time. Recently I came across more of these fascinating experiments and ideas that helped a ton to adjust my workflow towards how our brains actually work (instead of what I thought!). So here are 10 of the most surprising things our brain does and what we can learn from it: 1. When I explored the science of our body clocks and how they affect our daily routines, I was interested to find that a lot of the way I’d planned my days wasn’t really the best way to go about it. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. This list has been expanded into the new book, “Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind,” by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman. Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. 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.

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). While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. They daydream. They “fail up.” Crush the "I'm Not Creative" Barrier - Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen. By Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen | 10:50 AM May 7, 2012 Did you know that if you think you are creative, you’re more likely to actually be creative? This surprising fact pops up again and again in our research. In our database of over 6,000 professionals who have taken the Innovator’s DNA self & 360 assessments, people (entrepreneurs and managers alike) who “agree” with the survey statement “I am creative” consistently deliver disruptive solutions — by creating new businesses, products, services, and processes that no one has done before.

They see themselves as creative and act that way. But what if you don’t see yourself as creative? This is an important question to ask because many — probably half — of you don’t think that you’re creative. The bad news is that if you don’t think you’re creative, our survey data say that you probably are not. The result? Associational thinking: I creatively solve challenging problems by drawing on diverse ideas or knowledge.

How To Be Creative | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios. Talent or Practice – What Matters More? Gary Marcus Gary Marcus is Professor of Psychology at NYU, the author of Guitar Zero: The New Musician and The Science of Learning , and editor of The Norton Psychology Reader. Will 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert at anything? That's the uplifting message of slew of recent books, but, sadly, it's not quite true. For one thing, how long it takes to get good at something depends on what it is that you are trying to learn. You can master tic-tac-toe an hour, whereas a musical instrument can take decades. In highly competitive professions with rapidly changing technologies, the best practitioners are always learning something new, throughout life; "10 years" is at best an approximation, and sometimes only the beginning.

Just as importantly, the kind of practice matters. And, finally, studies that show that practice makes perfect don't show that talent doesn't matter.