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  • Kellen

    My favorite point, one that I feel is probably a surprise to many: Everyone has creativity. It's not 'either you got it or you don't.' The #1 killer of creativity: self-doubt. Hopefully some of this research will result in programs or methods to give people the boost they need to dive in, floaties be damned.

    • Nicole Cardoza

      Right?! Through Yoga Foster, we try to foster the creativity that lies in each student through building their levels of confidence, collaborative skills, and clarity (on who they are and who they wish to be). We tell the kids about these "three Cs" in the beginning of programs - and every time a teacher comes back saying that there's always at least one kid that says he/she "isn't creative" and says why - can't draw, can't sing. It's so sad!

  • Jeff Nelder

    It makes sense that creativity, or the manifestation of 'out of the box' thinking, is facilitated by stimulation that puts an individual outside of their 'everyday' mindset or specific comfort zone- I would think that these would be temporary creative moments as opposed to long term creative practice. It's interesting to think about how the muscles for long term creativity are developed.

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    this is great. I love 2012 was a great year for creativity research. I'd like to also look at what contextual elements need to be in place for creativity to manifest into creation - i.e. if you're in a plane, in an emergency, than you've got some serious assets at your hands to be creative with, and you have some serious motivation - your life - to get cracking on. are there any insights/reports into how responsibility and/or accountability is an important variable to creativity?

  • Adele Peters

    Interesting to see how science is developing on this. I liked a point at the end of the article about how more serious researchers should blogging about their work. Too often, scientific coverage online isn't really accurate, and I think there are also interesting papers (on creativity, but also on all kinds of other topics) that never get attention...

  • Chelsea Spann

    Love this article. "Creativity" and "Creatives" are so integrated in our society: job titles, school majors, etc. but is there an intellectual way of looking it? It's so interesting the shifts in perception of terminology and having researchers (most using the other side of the brain) studying and defining it. Looking forward to seeing what shifts from this!

    • Nicole Cardoza

      I know! My non-profit is all about fostering creativity in children through kids yoga - and we often come to a roadblock when people think we're encouraging them to be a "creative" instead of embracing creative characteristics to propel their education, passions, etc. I'm working on a campaign to redefine creativity for youth but it's going to take more than that!

      • Chelsea Spann

        How cool! I think people misjudge the relationship between creativity and cognitive education. There was this video that I love on this site about an outdoor program I think in Michigan that is mistaken for just teaching kids "how to gain outdoor skills" when in reality they teach much more than that. (If you're interested: I guess you can only refine by taking action and showing real results, right?

        • Nicole Cardoza

          Exactly, and thanks for the share! Very cool. I think it's up to us to disrupt the educational environment.

  • Zachary Slobig

    If "divergent thinking is central to creativity", what does that say about the persistent practice of brainstorming—which arguably does little more than promote convergent thinking?

    • Chris Butterick

      Good question. And I like that you bring up brainstorming as a practice. We all probably began practicing it in school. The article references "cognitive flexibility" as the ability to switch between two concepts simultaneously, and your comment about practice makes me wonder what we could be practicing in school to promote / develop that flexibility.

    • Liz Dwyer

      That's a great question--brainstorming is the antithesis of divergent thinking.

  • Hannah Wasserman

    I'm very excited to hear that a dose of alcohol helps people solve tricky problems! haha