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Study finds walking improves creativity

Study finds walking improves creativity
Stanford Report, April 24, 2014 Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking. By May Wong L.A. Many people claim they do their best thinking while walking. Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, was known for his walking meetings. A new study by Stanford researchers provides an explanation for this. Creative thinking improves while a person is walking and shortly thereafter, according to a study co-authored by Marily Oppezzo, a Stanford doctoral graduate in educational psychology, and Daniel Schwartz, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education. The study found that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosted creative inspiration. "Many people anecdotally claim they do their best thinking when walking. Walking vs. sitting Gauging creative thinking No link to focused thinking Related:  Creativity

Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? If we were to draw a cluster diagram of the Questioning Toolkit, Essential Questions would be at the center of all the other types of questions. All the other questions and questioning skills serve the purpose of "casting light upon" or illuminating Essential Questions. Most Essential Questions are interdisciplinary in nature. Essential Questions probe the deepest issues confronting us . . . complex and baffling matters which elude simple answers: Life - Death - Marriage - Identity - Purpose - Betrayal - Honor - Integrity - Courage - Temptation - Faith - Leadership - Addiction - Invention - Inspiration. Essential Questions are at the heart of the search for Truth. Essential Questions offer the organizing focus for a unit.

Parents’ comparisons make siblings different They grow up in the same home, eat the same food, share the same genes (and sometimes the same jeans), but somehow siblings are often no more similar than complete strangers. A new study from BYU found that parents’ beliefs about their children — and the comparisons they make — may cause differences to be magnified. “Parents’ beliefs about their children, not just their actual parenting, may influence who their children become,” said BYU professor and lead author of the study Alex Jensen. The study, published Friday in the Journal of Family Psychology, focused on siblings and academic achievement. Parents’ beliefs about sibling differences weren’t influenced by past grades, but future grades by the teenagers were influenced by the parents’ beliefs. “That may not sound like much,” Jensen said. Jensen cautions about a chicken-and-egg scenario here. The one exception in the study was when the firstborn was a brother and the secondborn a sister.

Where Creativity Comes From Creativity has enabled humans to conquer every corner of this planet. Indeed our yen for innovation is one of the most salient characteristics of our kind. Yet our species is not the only one given to inventiveness. The old adage about inventiveness, of course, is that it stems from necessity. Research on humans faced with scarcity echoes van Schaik’s orangutan findings. So where does creativity come from? Similarly, studies of a variety of bird species, as well as spotted hyenas, have shown how individuals that are more eager to explore new things tend to be the most innovative ones. The youngsters’ lackluster performance on the hook-and-bucket challenge may stem in part from the conditions under which the experiments were carried out. A new wrinkle in the innovation story emerged on September 14, when Christian Rutz of the University of St.

Italian Gene Holds Hope for Unclogging Arteries : Medicine: A mutant protein found in one family appears to ward off heart disease despite a high-fat diet. Researchers buoyed by animal trials. - latimes Cristoforo Pomaroli and Rosa Giovanelli had a son in 1780 in their small town in Italy, never knowing they bequeathed a genetic legacy that offers hope for reversing heart disease two centuries later. The boy's descendants in the northern Italian town of Limone inherited a genetic defect that protects them from the scourge of Western living--fatty deposits that clog the arteries. The 38 lucky carriers have a simple mutation in a protein of so-called good cholesterol that lets them eat red meat, sausage and butter without artery-clogging deposits. They range in age from the teens to nearly 90. "They are almost all smokers. Ever since Sirtori discovered the mutation, called Apolipoprotein A-1 Milano for the university where he is a pharmacology professor, doctors have wondered about harnessing its power to eliminate coronary artery disease. Shah leads a U.S. Before and after surgery, eight rabbits got injections of Apo Milano attached to a fat molecule that targets the proper site. Lars O.

(Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Creativity 1Share Synopsis To be creative can be as simple as seeing something everyone else sees, but thinking what no one else thinks about it. What does it mean to be creative? Creativity is effective novelty. How do creative people think? Creative people tend to utilize a wide range of thinking skills. We have another book in the works that will describe additional strategies for thinking that are common to creative people. In fact, a by-product of having many creative avocations is that creative people have a wider range of knowledge, experience, skills, and techniques to mix and match in novel, interesting and unexpectedly useful ways. Do creative people think differently from ordinary people? Not really. Are creativity and intelligence the same thing? Intelligence and creativity are not the same thing. So high test scores and great grades do not necessarily set creative people apart, especially when young. What can people do to improve their creative potential?

Why Do Coins Make Your Hands Smell Funny? Share A lot of people assume that it's just the way that coins smell, and the odor is rubbing off on their hands, but you're not smelling the metal so much as you're smelling yourself. That funky scent is actually a human body odor created by the reaction of oils in the skin contact with objects that contain iron (a separate, but similar odor, is created when we touch copper). What we think of as a "metallic smell" is only metallic by association. Here's how it works. When you touch something made of iron, perspiration on your skin cause the iron atoms to gain two electrons, and these doubly negative iron atoms react with oils in the skin, forming several types of compounds called aldehydes and ketones. You might have noticed that a similar smell is produced when blood meets skin.

Wrong Hands | Cartoons by John Atkinson. ©John Atkinson, Wrong Hands Ocumetics Bionic Lens could give you vision 3x better than 20/20 Imagine being able to see three times better than 20/20 vision without wearing glasses or contacts — even at age 100 or more — with the help of bionic lenses implanted in your eyes. Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia who invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, says patients would have perfect vision and that driving glasses, progressive lenses and contact lenses would become a dim memory as the eye-care industry is transformed. Dr. Webb says people who have the specialized lenses surgically inserted would never get cataracts because their natural lenses, which decay over time, would have been replaced. Perfect eyesight would result "no matter how crummy your eyes are," Webb says, adding the Bionic Lens would be an option for someone who depends on corrective lenses and is over about age 25, when the eye structures are fully developed. "This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before," he says, showing a Bionic Lens, which looks like a tiny button. Dr.

Changing how we think about change – Benefit Mindset – Medium “The way we are trying to change the world is not going to work, and it’s never going to work” This is the bold statement Deborah Frieze offers as she opens her TEDx talk. In this wonderful video, Deborah offers us a new map for navigating the potential for transformative change in big systems like health care, education and business. Two loops: How systems change Deborah’s research suggests that all dominant systems rise to their peak before turbulence starts to show and then move into decline. When systems start to decline and signs of turbulent show, new alternatives appear. Over time these communities name the common change they are working towards, connect with each other, self-organise to nourish their collective efforts and illuminate their stories so others can find them. “You’ll never change things by fighting the existing reality. Four roles To create healthy new systems, Debora highlights four roles we can play. Being mindful of our opportunities