Stuck On A Problem? Need An Idea? Take A Shower

If you find yourself stuck on a problem or issue it may be time to take a break.  Researchers say that when you are so focused on trying to find a solution, the front part of your brain is being used and is preventing you from getting new ideas as it is so focused on the one issue, there is no room for improvising.

This research says get up, walk away, do nothing and let your mind wander.  This will activate other parts of your brain and help you be open to new ideas and Eureka moments.  Showering is very good for this but not very practical.  Just a change of scenery or a quick walk may do the trick.

Here’s why: When you use a methodical technique to solve a problem, the frontal lobe of your brain is highly activated, says researcher John Kounios, Ph.D., coauthor of The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain.

On the other hand, when you relax and let your wind wander, the activity in your frontal lobe decreases and the activity in a part of your brain called the anterior cingulate ramps up.  The anterior cingulate monitors the brain for unconscious ideas that you otherwise wouldn’t notice.

“It literally expands your scope of thought,” Kounios says.

Source article in Mens Health

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