Be Creative! Become More Childlike

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 14, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Want to enhance your creative output? Here’s one idea…

Researchers Darya Zabelina and Michael Robinson, of North Dakota State University, wanted to test the theory of adults enhanced creativity being boosted by tapping into their childlike mind-set.

College students divided into two groups were asked to write about what they’d do if they had a day off from school. The first group wrote as their present day selves and the second group as their 7 year-old selves. “Boring” was how the first set of papers were described written as their present day adult selves, mainly writing about catching up on sleep or school work. But the second group, writing in their 7 year-old selves, produced more interesting results–focusing on playing with friends or buying the biggest lollipops they could find.

Recapture Your Creativity

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 12, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Researchers at North Dakota State University encourage us to start “kidding” around…

Are you burned out from pushing yourself hard during the school year? Feel as if your creativity has dried up? Then it’s time for a break–and you don’t have to fly to Cabo! Researcher Michael Robinson suggests doing the following…

1.) His first suggestion is to think of yourself in a more lighthearted way, maybe by enjoying your personal quirks.

2.) As people age, they begin to think more narrowly about the range of possibilities available. By doing more spontaneous things everyday, you’ll present yourself with more possibilities.