Science suggests two strategies for boosting creativity.
Perhaps you are problem solving, or looking for a great new idea, or the subject of your next blog post, never fear science can help you in boosting your creativity. Once a forbidden zone creativity is now in the spotlight of science who are now measuring and revealing the secrets of creativity. I watched the findings of science on creativity in the BBC science documentary Horizon recently. Horizon offers two techniques to boost your creativity.
1. Do new things, or the same thing differently.
Will boost your creativity 10 to 15% according to the scientists. Why? The brain is forced to use new brain pathways which means new potential connections are made.
2. Go for a walk or other low demanding activity.
Interesting experiment asks three volunteers to suggest different actions one can do with a brick over one minute. For two minutes one volunteer is asked to sit doing nothing, a second volunteer to sort lego bricks into same colours, the third volunteer is asked to build a house using the lego bricks. After the exercise each volunteer is asked to suggest more ideas to do with a brick within two minutes. The lego house builder is unable to think creatively, the volunteer who did nothing for two minutes also unperformed, the volunteer who sorted lego brick colours flowed with creative ideas of what to do with a brick. Apparently this test shows that low intense mental activity like a bath, a walk or gardening dampens certain parts of the brain but allows the creative parts to continue to work and make new connections, which is a reason for those eureka moments.