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Squeezing a Rubber Ball May Boost Creative Thinking | World of Psychology

on June 22, 2016

Psychological research suggests a simple brain hack for temporarily boosting creativity and all it requires is a rubber ball. The technique itself is extremely simple: all you have to do is squeeze a rubber ball with your left hand as hard as you can for about a minute. An original study on this technique by four Israeli researchers (Goldstein et al., 2010) found that subjects who squeezed a rubber ball with their left hand solved noticeably more problems on a remote associates test, a standard test of convergent thinking. This form of creative thinking, usually contrasted with divergent thinking, is most useful for “connecting the dots:” combining existing information, comparing and juggling ideas, solving problems with some specified criteria, or extracting ideas from other information. A lot of real-world innovation or typical business problem-solving depends heavily on convergent thinking. The participants in the left hand group solved on average 50 percent more of the problems

Source: Squeezing a Rubber Ball May Boost Creative Thinking | World of Psychology

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One response to “Squeezing a Rubber Ball May Boost Creative Thinking | World of Psychology

  1. I love the intricate simplicity of the human brain and how we can unlock secrets that help us live life better. Thanks for sharing!

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