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    Why great ideas come when you aren’t trying

    Allowing the mind to wander aids creativity

    History is rich with 'eureka' moments: scientists from Archimedes to Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are said to have had flashes of inspiration while thinking about other things. But the mechanisms behind this psychological phenomenon have remained unclear. A study now suggests that simply taking a break does not bring on inspiration — rather, creativity is fostered by tasks that allow the mind to wander.

    The discovery was made by a team led by Benjamin Baird and Jonathan Schooler, psychologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The researchers presented 145 undergraduate students with two 'unusual uses' tasks that gave them two minutes to list as many uses as possible for everyday objects such as toothpicks, clothes hangers and bricks.



    After the two minutes were over, participants were given a 12-minute break, during which they rested, undertook a demanding memory activity that required their full attention or engaged in an undemanding reaction-time activity known to elicit mind-wandering. A fourth group of students had no break. All participants were then given four unusual-uses tasks, including the two that they had completed earlier.

    Those students who had done the undemanding activity performed an average of 41% better at the repeated tasks the second time they tried them. By contrast, students in the other three groups showed no improvement. The work will be published shortly in Psychological Science1.

    “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,” says Sara Mednick, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside.

    “This finding really plugs a hole in the literature,” agrees John Kounios, a psychologist at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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    Like some of the worlds best inventions came from accidents or just by chance. Example glue, Many products from soybeans example soy paint and latex... Good research

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    Surely this is just coincidence because this doh really make much sense.

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    It's true... It's happened in various aspects of my life, work, food, music

    I would come up with songs while driving... I would actually pull over and record it on my phone so I don't forget. But when I decide to actually sit and write lyrics...it doesn't always come so easily.

    Same with recipes. I would randomly get light bulb moments on how to use certain ingredients and how to bring out certain flavors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nica View Post
    It's true... It's happened in various aspects of my life, work, food, music

    I would come up with songs while driving...
    Not sure driving is considered an undemanding activity.

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    sometimes you need to change focus and put your mind on other things, for solutions to come.
    -when I am stuck, I have to do something physical to disengage my mind then its easier to be creative or figure something out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steupz View Post
    Not sure driving is considered an undemanding activity.
    In that case it can be looked at that way. I'm driving a familiar road..literally just cruising so I'm relaxed in essence... certainly not think about anything in particular so my mind is free to wander.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nica View Post
    In that case it can be looked at that way. I'm driving a familiar road..literally just cruising so I relaxed in essence... certainly not think about anything in particular so my mind is free to wander.
    if a route is familiar you can do it on auto pilot. Lord knows there were many times I would arrive at my office and not recollect the entire drive there. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by LB View Post
    if a route is familiar you can do it on auto pilot. Lord knows there were many times I would arrive at my office and not recollect the entire drive there. lol
    exactly
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    Quote Originally Posted by LB View Post
    sometimes you need to change focus and put your mind on other things, for solutions to come.
    -when I am stuck, I have to do something physical to disengage my mind then its easier to be creative or figure something out.
    you disappoint me......but for 10,000 credits i will teach yuh wah dem psychology not saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verb View Post
    you disappoint me......but for 10,000 credits i will teach yuh wah dem psychology not saying
    From one general comment about myself, you feel say I disappoint you?

    You can school me if you like but I'm not giving you any credits. You could be a lousy teacher for all I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LB View Post
    From one general comment about myself, you feel say I disappoint you?

    You can school me if you like but I'm not giving you any credits. You could be a lousy teacher for all I know.
    don't want ya credits juss a josh with ya....

    just think of the right side and the left side hemisphere and you have the ansa to how great ideas comes when we are not trying..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verb View Post
    don't want ya credits juss a josh with ya....

    just think of the right side and the left side hemisphere and you have the ansa to how great ideas comes when we are not trying..
    See? You nah teach me anything new

    yes that is the underlying factor in the above study. I agree.
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