How to enhance your creativity?

Creativity

Creativity is the ability to create something new. Scientists and artists are working together to define and explore creativity from different perspectives.

Researchers have found that creativity is not restricted to certain individuals and anyone can become an inventor.

In children:

In a study done by researchers from the Michigan State University, it has been found that boys and girls who play video games are more creative than others. They worked on about 500, 12-year-old children and found that the children, who play more video games, are more creative in drawing pictures and writing stories. The enhanced creativity was found in all children regardless of gender, race or type of game played.

Researchers have found that films such as Harry Potter can enhance imagination and creativity in children. That research shows the benefits of watching magical contents and fantasy movies in children.

Researchers Dr Eugene Subbotsky, Claire Hysted and Nicola Jones from the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University concluded that:

“Magical thinking enables children to create fantastic imaginary worlds, and in this way enhances children’s capacity to view the world and act upon it from multiple perspectives. The results suggested that books and videos about magic might serve to expand children’s imagination and help them to think more creatively.”

In all people:

Researchers from Association for Psychological Science have found that thinking in an open area or broader area can help to think on large scale by freeing up of minds.

“Having a leisurely walk outdoors or freely pacing around may help us break our mindset,” Angela Leung of Singapore Management University said. “Also, we may consider getting away from Dilbert’s cubicles and creating open office spaces to free up our minds.”

Researchers in this study worked on the various metaphors of creative thinking and found that the instructions worked well with creative thinking.

Researchers from Leiden University found that meditation techniques make us more creative. They found that a specific form of meditation is more helpful in enhancing creativity than simple relaxation. Moreover, meditation has a long-lasting influence on the thinking ability of human beings.

In a research published by American Psychological Association, it has been found that living abroad is directly linked to creativity.

“This research may have something to say about the increasing impact of globalization on the world, a fact that has been hammered home by the recent financial crisis,” said William Maddux, PhD,study’s lead author and an assistant professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, a business school with campuses in France and Singapore. “Knowing that experiences abroad are critical for creative output makes study abroad programs and job assignments in other countries that much more important, especially for people and companies that put a premium on creativity and innovation to stay competitive.”

In another study, it has been found that most of the creative ideas come when we allow our mind to think and work freely. Restricting our minds to a particular task decreases creative ability.

“We’ve traditionally found that rapid-eye-movement sleep grants creative insight. That allowing the mind to wander does the same is absolutely fascinating. I think they are on to something really interesting here,” said Sara Mednick, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside.

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