6 Easy Steps to Unlock Your Creative Genius

What we refer to as creativity is often referred to as "divergent thinking" by neuroscientists. Divergent thinking is a non-linear thought process that draws on many possible ideas to render an optimal solution (as opposed to convergent thinking, which follows a linear set of logical steps to arrive at one solution). If you want to solve an equation, then convergent thinking is the ticket, but if you want to paint the next Mona Lisa, ace an essay exam or even…

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Can Pupil Size Predict IQ?

Could IQ--a famous standard of intelligence that has long eluded quantification--be as easy to measure as pupil size? Could the reason why establish a link between norepinephrine and fluid intelligence (and therefore, Mental Mojo consumption--See last paragraph)? Georgia psychologists Jason Tsukahara and colleagues hypothesize affirmatively in a paper they published two months ago. First a little background. Pupils have long been known to vary in size due to changes in emotional state and cognitive effort (i.e., brain strain). As Tsukahara writes: Starting in…

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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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