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How Gum Chewing Can Enhance Creative Thinking

Gum chewing is underappreciated as a simple mind hack for a cognitive boost. It especially useful for creative thinking if your creative challenge requires greater persistence, focus and attention to details, and ability to...

Broaden Your Visual Attention to Boost Creative Thinking

We normally take advice such as to "look at the big picture and not the details" figuratively, but it turns out that literary looking at the big picture can temporarily improve creative thinking. Psychologist Ronald...

Creative Thinking Boost from Bilateral Eye Movements

Doing bilateral eye movements (BEMs) is a simple way to boost creative thinking for a few minutes. This technique has other benefits apart from creative thinking, such as improvement in episodic memory. Originally it was...

Inherence Bias: How It Makes Our Thinking More Rigid and How to Reduce It

To think more flexibly about a problem or an issue it helps to minimize the inherence bias, which is our tendency to infer that something is good or socially desirable if it seems inherent...

Hand Clenching and Memory Boost

The previous post discussed how squeezing a rubber ball may temporarily boost creative thinking. There is also a twist on this brain hack that may enhance memory.  A 2013 study by Ruth Propper and...

Squeezing a Rubber Ball May Boost Creative Thinking

Psychological research suggests a simple brain hack for temporarily boosting creativity and all it requires is a rubber ball. The technique itself is extremely simple: all you have to do is squeeze a rubber...

When Distancing from the Problem Hurts Creativity

Distancing from the problem, as the previous post discussed, is a solid method for increasing creativity: studies generally show that psychological distance helps with insight and creative generation because it leads to abstract information...