From Scientific American: A study published this week in the journal Brain and Cognition shows that when you boost the level of communication between the right and left hemispheres your creativity increases.
Sixty-two subjects performed a creativity task,
where they had to come up with as many alternate uses for common
objects like, a paper clip, pencil, shoe, etc. as they could in one
After this initial task researchers asked subjects
to move their eyes to follow a target as it moved horizontally left to
right for 30 seconds. This exercise is thought to increase the
cross-talk between the hemispheres.
Then the subjects completed the creative task again. Results were surprising. Subjects came up with significantly more unique uses for the everyday items, than the control group who stared straight ahead.
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