Distance enhances creativity.

By |2017-02-19T16:22:24+00:00February 19th, 2017|Categories: Personal Success|Tags: , |

Researchers found that participants who negotiated with another person that they believed was physically faraway (several thousand feet away) gained more agreements.

In terms of negotiations, thinking more abstractly is beneficial because it encourages negotiators to reflect.

Maybe we should imagine job on Mars?

Henderson, M. (2011). Mere physical distance and integrative agreements: When more space improves negotiation outcomes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47 (1), 7-15 DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2010.07.011



By |2017-01-21T15:31:44+00:00January 21st, 2017|Categories: Personal Success|Tags: , |

Creativity of the team was even stronger when relationships were good with the manager. This produced more creative work overall.

This study has one weakness: the measure of team creativity was subjective. Also, the leaders rated it themselves.

Lei Huanga, Dina V. Krasikovab, Dong Liu; “I can do it, so can you: The role of leader creative self-efficacy in facilitating follower creativity”, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume 132, January 2016, Pages 49–62


Four Experiments Showed that a Brief Glimpse of Green Improved Creativity

By |2017-01-08T08:39:13+00:00December 6th, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , |

Green on a background of white and grey backgrounds worked. It was also effective when set on a background of red or blue.

The participants performed tests of creativity after observing a colored graphic on a screen. After completing their tasks they reported on their mood and how they felt they did on the test. People who saw green graphics before evaluation ranked themselves higher than those that didn’t.


A Tired Body is an Awakened Mind

By |2016-10-02T10:15:49+00:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , |

A study examined the relationship between the time of day and creativity.

There were two segments of time considered in this study. These times differ from person to person.

The first time of day is the ‘optimal’ time of day. This is when a person feels most awake. In ‘non-optimal’ times of day, a person does not feel as awake.

It found that during the non-optimal time of day was better for creativity. The optimal time of day was better for solving problems that were less creative.

It may be that when a person isn’t thinking as clear that they are more creative. A certain amount of tiredness can help in finding intuitive solutions to a problem.



Distractions develop creativity

By |2016-10-04T13:13:28+00:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , |

The study involved the use of both focused thought on a subject, and distracted thought on a subject.

Each person in the study writes down a list of his ideas. They were then either left alone to think, or distracted. After this, they choose the idea from their list.

It shows of that distracted people chose better ideas than participants without distraction.

This implies that creativity is easier when distracted rather than focused. This might mean that distraction makes the unconscious more active letting ideas form easier.

Finding creative solutions with a distracted mind is sometimes easier than when focused.


Green Increase Your Creativity.

By |2016-09-26T15:15:58+00:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , |

A new study was all about green. If the findings are true then we all need a little greener in our lives.

Participants performed creative tasks after looking at a color. Those who looked at the color green did better than other people. It is not yet known why this happend. And even notebook with a green cover is enough to raise creativity.

The color green seems to enlight the mind and improve mood. THerefore, artists and you might have to trade out their blue rooms for green one’s if they want to keep their creative edge.


Repeatedly giving students reward for creative performance in the first task

By |2016-09-21T15:50:40+00:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , |

increased their creativity in next tasks. (Study 1 and 2)

Study 3 reported that reward promised for creativity increased college students’ creative task performance.

Second, expected reward for high performance might increase creativity. Everythin by enhancing perceived self-determination and, therefore, internal task interest.

Study 4 found that employees’ internal job interest conveyed a positive relationship between expected reward for high performance and creative suggestions offered at work. ”


The more time people feel pressure, the less likely they will be to think creatively.

By |2016-09-11T16:58:26+00:00September 11th, 2016|Categories: Learning, Productivity|Tags: , |

On the days rated a seven (the highest level of pressure), people were 45% less likely to think creatively than they were on any of the lower-pressure days. (…)

Whatmore, more time pressure on a certain day meant less creative thinking that day, the next day, and the day after that.  In other words, participants seemed to experience a “pressure hangover” that lasted a couple of days at least. (more…)