Routine Genius: How the Greats Catalyze Creativity

It seems paradoxical, but creative geniuses like Beethoven, Dickens and Freud relied on rigid routines to catalyze creative thought.  Beethoven's routine began bright and early with coffee brewed from precisely 60 beans (which he hand counted).  Freud utilized evening strolls to channel creative thought.  Dickens could only write in absolute silence. This Wednesday Wisdom distills the  routines of humanity's creative geniuses into elegant infographics. See how you stack up, and who knows, maybe get inspired: here.

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Ingredient Spotlight: L-Tyrosine, Creativity Booster

This Science Saturday spotlights one of the actives in Mental Mojo's proprietary cognition complex:  L-Tyrosine.  A study authored by the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition in September of 2014 reports that L-Tyrosine promotes convergent creative thinking--the type of deep thinking drawn from long periods of concentration (as opposed to divergent thinking, most commonly utilized during "brainstorming").  Researchers hypothesize that L-Tyrosine catalyzes creative thinking by boosting levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that is believed to drive creativity and many other aspects…

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Wednesday Wisdom: Neuroscience of Creativity

Left and right brain thinkers – is there really such a distinction between the two hemispheres of the brain? The discussion surrounding left and right brain thinkers typically draws people to analyze how different someone is based on which side is one’s “strong side”. It has become a way of defining how a person is supposed to be, based off the fact that the current belief is that one has certain traits that are associated with each…

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Wednesday Wisdom: Ideas, Creativity, and Innovation

What is it about great ideas that stumps humans? Well, we all want to know life’s secrets. We want to know how people come up with the greatest ideas. Most commonly, the basic assumption is that, “an idea is a single thing”. Ideas come to us spontaneously, at an instant, while we’re walking down the street or having a cup of coffee in a café. These situations are often described as epiphanies, flashes, or lightbulb moments… How…

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Wednesday Wisdom: Creativity and Life

What makes someone different? How can individuals set themselves apart? Ideas, thoughts, vision... All of which tie into one’s creative abilities. In an article concentrating on the work of Sir Ken Robinson, referencing his lectures, books, and other quotations, it addresses that creativity is a process. Creating something of value is a process. There is no free lunch. If one is persistent and diligent with their craft, developing a ritual to achieve their vision, then the results…

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