Improving creativity performance by short-term meditation

Posted Posted in Research, English, Creative Mindfulness

Authors: Ding, X., Tang, Y.-Y., Tang, R., & Posner, M. I.

One form of meditation intervention, the integrative body-mind training (IBMT) has been shown to improve attention, reduce stress and change self-reports of mood. In this paper we examine whether short-term IBMT can improve performance related to creativity and determine the role that mood may play in such improvement.

Mind wandering “Ahas” versus mindful reasoning: alternative routes to creative solutions

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Authors: Claire M. Zedelius and Jonathan W. Schooler

Based on mixed results linking both mindfulness and its opposing construct mind wandering to enhanced creativity, we predicted that the relationship between mindfulness and creativity might depend on whether creative problems are approached through analytic strategy or through “insight” (i.e., sudden awareness of a solution).

Meditate to create: the impact of focused-attention and open-monitoring training on convergent and divergent thinking

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Authors: Lorenza S. Colzato, Ayca Ozturk and Bernhard Hommel

The practice of meditation has seen a tremendous increase in the western world since the 60s. Scientific interest in meditation has also significantly grown in the past years; however, so far, it has neglected the idea that different type of meditations may drive specific cognitive-control states. In this study we investigate the possible impact of meditation based on focused-attention (FA) and meditation based on open-monitoring (OM) on creativity tasks tapping into convergent and divergent thinking. We show that FA meditation and OM meditation exert specific effect on creativity.

Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings

Posted Posted in Research, Creativity Training

Authors: Ruth Ann Atchley, David L. Strayer and Paul Atchley

Our environment plays a critical role in how we think and behave. The modern environment experienced by most individuals living in urban or suburban settings can be characterized by a dramatic decrease in our exposure to natural settings and a correlated increase in exposure to a technology intense environment.