Looking for a creative boost? 9 unusual ways to become more creative

The following studies suggest that you might be more creative if you get a jolt of electricity to your brain, get diagnosed with ADD, take more naps, fall in love, stare at the Apple Logo, follow rather than lead, find someone to collaborate with, move your eyes left-to-right and back rapidly for 30-seconds, or just feel melancholy. Please let us know if you find that any of these methods work for you (especially #1) or if you find any other “proven” methods successful.

  1. The Neuroscience Of Creativity And Insight—The Good, The Bad, & The Absolutely Ridiculous by Andrea Kuszewski (February 2011)
    A critical and at times amusing look at recent studies of neuroscience of creativity and insight.
  2. Bother Me, I’m Thinking (Why you should drop that espresso and bounce a ball instead) by Jonah Lehrer (February 2011)
    A study of 60 college students showed that those who had been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder achieved more: Their inability to focus turned out to be a creative advantage.
  3. We’ll Fill This Space, but First a Nap by Leslie Berlin (NYTimes, September 27, 2008)
    A Harvard sleep researcher finds that if you sleep on new ideas and information, you’re 33% more likely to make connections between distantly related points.
  4. Does Falling in Love Make Us More Creative? by Nira Libermanand Oren Shapira (September 2009)
    Thinking about love—but not about sex—causes us to think more “globally,” making it easier to come up with new ideas.
  5. Science News: Logo Can Make You ‘Think Different’ (March 30, 2008)
    Whether you are a Mac person or a PC person, even the briefest exposure to the Apple logo may make you behave more creatively, according to recent research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the University of Waterloo, Canada.
  6. Does being creative help you climb to the top? by Matthew Knight for CNN (February 01, 2011)
    People who express creative ideas are less likely to be identified as having leadership potential, according to a forthcoming study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
  7. Two Is the Magic Number: A new science of creativity by Joshua Wolf Shenk (September 2010)
    If relationships shape us so fundamentally, how—in the study of creativity—could they also be so obscure? Why are we preoccupied with the lone genius, with great men (and, more now than in the past, great women)?
  8. Boost Your Creativity with Eye Movement by Christie Nicholson (2009)
    Recent research published in the journal Brain and Cognition finds that people can boost the number and quality of their original ideas when they increase the interaction between the brain’s right and left hemispheres.
  9. Feeling Sad Makes Us More Creative by Jonah Lehrer (October 19, 2010)
    Angst has creative perks. That is the conclusion of Professor Modupe Akinola in her paper “The Dark Side of Creativity: Biological Vulnerability and Negative Emotions Lead to Greater Artistic Creativity.”