How organizations can encourage bursts of creativity
Hot streaks last about five years on average and directly result from years of exploration (studying diverse styles or topics) immediately followed by years of exploitation (focusing on a narrow area to develop deep expertise). Afterwards, individuals return to “normal” and no longer follow any pattern of exploration or exploitation.
Play reduces stress and forms deeper connection
While many educators in higher education believe play is a method that is solely used for elementary education, higher education students are more engaged and motivated when they are taught using playful pedagogy rather than the traditional lecture-based method.
Physical stress on the job causes brain and memory decline in older age
The key to cognitive longevity is learning. Most purely physical occupations involve little new information or learning so therefore the brain begins to decay earlier and faster. So what is our societal and corporate responsibility?
Sharing of tacit knowledge is most important aspect of mentorship
The most impactful mentors are those who teach students to think independently and communicate their unique viewpoints effectively.
Students without a future - journalists, lawyers and accountants
Educators are encouraging aspiring journalists to look for work outside the news business.
Multitasking increasingly disrupts learning
The phenomenon of multitasking across three or four internet-connected devices simultaneously is increasingly common. The researchers behind this study were curious to know how often this happens during online as opposed to face-to-face education with a teacher physically present.
The enduring benefits of hiring a star
I’m the Managing Partner of A Large Law Firm and I’m looking to bulk up my partner team in a crucial area. Do I promote three SA's at $500,000 p.a. each or do I hire a known rainmaker at $4,000,000? Part of the answer may lie in how much the rest of my partners can learn from the rainmaker’s creativity and innovative approaches.
Science can make your meetings better
Drawing from almost 200 scientific studies on workplace meetings, a team of psychologists provides recommendations for making the most out of meetings before they start, as they're happening, and after they've concluded. Their report is published in Current Directions in Psychological Science.
Even when presented with facts, supported by evidence, many choose not to believe them.
In an era of fact-checking and “alternative facts,” many people simply choose not to believe research findings and other established facts, according to a new paper.
Does your environment raise or lower your IQ?
The debate about intelligence rages in academic circles and what is astounding is the increasing number of factors which seem to dictate both intelligence—in all its forms—and our ability to use it. This study began with a question of primary interest to neurogeneticists and found something fascinating in its broader implications.
Use of electrical brain stimulation to foster creativity has sweeping implications.
What is creativity, and can it be enhanced—safely—in a person who needs a boost of imagination? There is a growing use of electrical devices that stimulate brain tissue (for depression for example), and some experts believe there is potential value in the technique—despite a number of recent studies which have thrown doubt on the results. However, use of these machines also raises neuro-ethical, legal, and social issues that must be addressed.
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