Is Creativity More Than an Art? Science Seems to Think So

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Plenty of research has been done on creativity and how it affects our brains, our moods, even our longevity. Is it any wonder we’ve come to discover there is a science to creativity? Check out these studies and findings about how our creative minds work and what makes creativity so special.

  •  A trend taking off in the UK is playgrounds for seniors. Instead of monkey bars and swings, you’ll find low-impact exercise equipment designed to promote flexibility, balance and coordination and areas that promote community. But just like kids’ versions, they’re meant to be fun.

  • In a 2014 Kaufman study, 72 percent of respondents around the world reported having some kind of new insight or creative thought in the shower.

  • Research shows naps might actually help you to be more creative by refreshing your brain and enabling you to be more focused.

  • According to the science on daydreaming, these moments provide a sort of mental incubation period that can enhance creative thinking, long-term planning and self-awareness. 

  • A Stanford study showed a high correlation between walking and creativity. During walks, people were able to better focus on their thoughts and harness them into their creativity.

  • Plus, Rhode Island College scientists found the two hours after engaging in rigorous physical exercise proved some of the most mentally fertile.

  • According to a study published in the Journal of Aging and Health, creative people live longer. One reason may be that creative minds are in the habit of looking for possibilities in challenges and react to stress differently.

  • There may be a connection between dopamine production and creativity. Dopamine increases along with positive reinforcement and other rewards, so some neurobiologists believe it easily correlates with creativity, too.

  • High IQ and creativity may correlate with one another. Harvard’s Dr. Shelley Carson noted in her studies both increase together at the 120, 130, and 150 IQ levels.


This article appears in our August 2017 edition of Optimum Life Magazine. Download a PDF of the issue to read more articles like this.



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