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Sleep & Creativity

Posted on: September 30, 2008

Two very interesting article on sleep and creativity. One is about how cognitive performance can be improved just by sleep alone and the other is about the paradoxical traits of a creative personality.

On Sleep:

“Sleep makes a unique contribution,” explains Mark Jung-Beeman, a psychologist at Northwestern University who studies the neural bases of insight and creative cognition.

Some sort of incubation period, in which a person leaves an idea for a while, is crucial to creativity. During the incubation period, sleep may help the brain process a problem.

“When you think you’re not thinking about something, you probably are,” says Dr. Jung-Beeman, who has a doctorate in experimental psychology.

On Creativity:

“I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things. Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.

If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an “individual,” each of them is a “multitude.”

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2 Responses to "Sleep & Creativity"

wow, love it, how much it’s gonna cost?

Ahh sleep…

Great reminder of how to be fully ourselves we must listen to the needs of those parts of us that we don’t necessarily want to.

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