Creativity is defined as the ability to create novel, socially valued products and ideas. But can a person be inherently creative, or can it be taught? Test your creativity smarts now.
Very rarely is a passive activity like watching TV, napping and hanging out a cause for flow. A study by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi found that high schoolers who engaged in high-flow activities scored significantly higher in well-being measures, like self-esteem, than their low-flow counterparts who hung out at the mall and watched TV.
According to author Steven Johnson, previous to the 1600s most people nipped at alcohol from morning to night since it was more sanitary than their local water supplies. The coffeehouse culture helped usher in a new era, specifically the Age of Enlightenment in the UK by offering a stimulant (rather than a depressant, alcohol) and a place where citizens could pool their ideas.
In order to create and innovate you have to silence the observer. This is the reason why jazz musicians can improvise so beautifully, as observed in a music-mind study by Charles Limb, who put musicians in an MRI machine while they performed. Researchers found that the part of the brain that is the seat of judgment went blissfully radio silent during improv sessions.
There is no single creative area of the brain. Researcher and surgeon Charles Limb found that, much like musicality, there is no focal activation of a single area when it comes to the brain and creativity.
You don't have to be mentally ill to access your creativity. While it's true that highly creative people and schizophrenic people have a low density of dopamine receptors from the thalamus, it just means that they both share the ability to access more information to play with and make creative associations from.
Some studies have indicated that transcendental meditation can greatly influence the brain waves and allow a person to access innovative ideas and thoughts. However, more conclusive studies are needed. In the meantime, filmmaker David Lynch has said of transcendental meditation: "It's so beautiful how the enjoyment of beauty blossoms when the suffocating rubber clown suit of negativity begins to dissolve."
True. Mind-altering is defined by having a novel experience -- the experience is literally altering the way the brain thinks and acts. And although the human brain isn't fully myelinated until age 20 and we have the most potential to build genius and creativity by this age with new experiences, the brain continues to build white matter as we age. This is why it's so important to take up a new activity, even if it's just juggling.
Not necessarily. In fact, sadness inhibits creativity in a vicious cycle of fear, anxiety and lethargy.
The point of a thought experiment is to think of a problem or a scenario and then spin off possible directions in which the problem can go. There is no need to find a solution since the thought experiment is just a way to explore the terrain of your ideas. It's akin to kids weaving a tale of pirate dragons sailing the seas in search of robotic gold. It's about the journey of the mind.
Creativity is dependent upon the sharing of information and brainstorming, a key aspect of collaboration; competition usually results in withholding information and acting alone.