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Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!)

Creative Thinking: How to Be More Creative (with Science!)
Have you ever wished you were more creative? If you do creative work, have you ever suffered from a creative block and been stuck wondering what exactly is wrong, and how you can get yourself out of it? Of course you have, I mean, who hasn’t? Let’s talk about that. How to Boost Your Creative Thinking When it comes to creativity, one of our biggest concerns is usually how we can be more creative, or come up with better ideas. Research in this area is all over the place, but I’ve gathered some of the most practical studies out there to help you utilize specific techniques that can boost your creativity. All of these studies are useful for everyday creativity in daily life, so try a few out for yourself and see which ones work best for you. 1.) Later on I will show you how external restrictions can hurt creativity, but right now I’m talking about internal restrictions, which can actually be used to boost creativity! One of the most famous examples is when Dr. I’m no Dr. 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.)

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10 Most Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments. “I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures.Why do good people sometimes act evil?Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?” –Philip Zimbardo Like eminent social psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo (author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil), I’m also obsessed with why we do dumb or irrational things. Creativity and Madness: Shelley Carson on the Psychology of Creativity Faculty insight: Shelley Carson interview What is the psychology of creativity? Shelley Carson, a Harvard Extension School psychology instructor, discusses the historic links between creativity and depression, with Jenny Attiyeh of ThoughtCast. Interview with Shelley Carson Shelley Carson is an associate of Harvard’s department of psychology, a lecturer at Harvard Extension School, and a blogger for Psychology Today.

What Makes a Good Opportunity?, Starting a Business Article Last fall, a graduate student of mine identified what appeared to be a good idea for a business. It was a novel concept in the auto industry, in which she had several years of experience. Her initial market research indicated that auto dealers would be interested in the service, and the business would require very little start-up capital and generate high margins. There also were reasonable expectations for growth. However, one major problem existed: she had no desire to continue working in this industry and did not want to be bound to it through business ownership. So what makes a good opportunity?

Overcoming the Digital Dilemma: Developing and Measuring Critical Thinking Gained through Cocurricular Experiences in a Time of Information Overload - Summer 2014: The Journal of Technology in Student Affairs presented by Overcoming the Digital Dilemma: Developing and Measuring Critical Thinking Gained through Cocurricular Experiences in a Time of Information Overload Adam E. Peck, Ph.D. Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Stephen F. Austin State According to the website,, Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second, conducting over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide ("Google Search Statistics,” 2014).

Get Busy Living Start Here Welcome to Get Busy Living. Let me tell you what we have here. Since February 2011, I write about inspiring you to: Stop living your life the way others expectLive a life true to yourself.Find what excites you every day Since this may be your first time, I’ve put a list together to guide you through the best posts. What is creativity? Decoding the DNA of pure creativity with Onedotzero’s Shane Walter The Drum, in association with Millennial Media, has launched a campaign to decode the DNA of pure creativity. Over the coming months we will be talking to creative geniuses in every sector, from music and the arts to advertising and even the restaurant industry, as we build an understanding of how creativity is conceived, nurtured and grown. We’re less interested in what they do day to day (although all are creative leaders in their own field) and more in their innate creativity and its genesis. 'What is creativity?' kicks off with Shane Walter, the creative director and co-founder of the global creative design agency and festival Onedotzero.

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Competitive Analysis The Competitive Analysis section of your business plan is devoted to analyzing your competition--both your current competition and potential competitors who might enter your market. Every business has competition. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your competition--or potential competition--is critical to making sure your business survives and grows. While you don't need to hire a private detective, you do need to thoroughly assess your competition on a regular basis even if you only plan to run a small business.

Examples of Activities that Promote Higher Order Thinking Examples of Activities: Science Apply a Rule: The student could be asked to explain why a shotgun "kicks" when fired. His response would include a statement to the effect that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction (Newton's Law of Motion), and that the "kick" of the shotgun is equal to the force propelling the shot toward its target. The faster the shot travels and the greater the weight of the shot, the greater the "kick" of the gun. Classify: Given several examples of each, the student could be asked to classify materials according to their physical properties as gas, liquid, or solid.

8 Life Tips for INFPs (aka Idealists) Which I Don’t Follow 1. Stop caring what other people think. Other people don’t matter. Want to Be More Creative? Get Out the Electrodes - Pacific Standard Many a blocked writer or frustrated inventor has wished there was a simple way to stimulate his or her brain to boost creativity. So it’s exciting to report that, in a new study, a specific type of electrical stimulation has produced that very result. Artificially activating “cortical oscillations in the alpha frequency band”—a type of brain wave that has previously been linked with creativity—leads to higher scores on a standard test measuring innovative thinking, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Their results suggest there are “specific neuronal dynamics that drive creativity, and can be modulated by non-invasive brain stimulation,” a team led by Flavio Fröhlich and Caroline Lustenberger writes in the journal Cortex. Artificially activating “cortical oscillations in the alpha frequency band”—a type of brain wave previously linked with creativity—leads to higher scores on a standard test measuring innovative thinking.

Follow These 10 Steps to Starting a Business Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business. Click on the links to learn more. Step 1: Write a Business Plan Use these tools and resources to create a business plan. This written guide will help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.

Skills for the 21st Century: teaching higher-order thinking This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of ISQ Briefings, a publication of Independent Schools Queensland. Republished with permission. It is hard to imagine a teacher or school leader who is not aware of the importance of teaching higher-order thinking skills to prepare young men and women to live in the 21st Century. However, the extent to which higher-order thinking skills are taught and assessed continues to be an area of debate, with many teachers and employers expressing concern that young people ‘cannot think’.