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What’s Creative?

What’s Creative?

  • Something that feels novel.
  • Something that feels true.
  • Something you want more of.

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Neural Circuits Involved In Creativity

Neural Circuits Involved In Creativity

  • Executive network: to eliminate choices.
  • Default mode network: for spontaneous imagination that arise when you stop paying attention to the external world.
  • Salience network: to pay attention to what’s more interesting in the external world or in your mind.

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What Is Needed For Creativity

What Is Needed For Creativity

  • Divergent thinking: involves taking one stimulus to radiate out into different things.

(This is what underlies idea generation).

  • Convergent thinking: involves getting to a single answer from one stimulus.

(It requires more focus).

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Why Limitless Movie Can’t Happen In Real Life

Why Limitless Movie Can’t Happen In Real Life

Because there is impossible to be creative without the information to generate it.

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Circuits In The Brain That Utilize Dopamine

Circuits In The Brain That Utilize Dopamine

  • Nigra-Striatal Pathway: involved in generating movements, eye movements, and when you think about movement.

(It’s involved in divergent thinking).

  • Mesocortical pathway: it’s involved in motivation and emotions.

(It’s involved in convergent thinking).

  • Mesolimbic pathway

(Not involved in creativity)

  • Tuberoinfundibular pathway

(Not involved in creativity)

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Tools To Be More Creative

Tools To Be More Creative

  • Open monitoring meditation (For divergent thinking).
  • Focused attention meditation (For convergent thinking).
  • Yoga nidra (For divergent thinking): it creates a 65% increase in the release of dopamine.
  • Explore patterns of movements (for divergent thinking)

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Open Monitoring Meditation

Open Monitoring Meditation

Allow whatever thoughts, emotions or ideas arrive to occur.

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Focused Attention Meditation

Focused Attention Meditation

Focusing your attention on one stimulus.

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What You Should Do Depending On Your Mood

What You Should Do Depending On Your Mood

  • If you feel in a good mood (High dopamine levels), avoid external stimuli and start with divergent thinking as soon as possible.
  • If you feel in a bad mood (low dopamine levels), seek external stimuli and don’t start divergent thinking just yet.

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Additional Notes

Additional Notes

  • Serotonin can increase both Convergent And Divergent Thinking
  • Cannabis can increase too much divergent thinking, but those ideas can be forgotten.
  • Being in a good mood facilitates creative thinking.

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Narrative Theory

Narrative Theory

According to this theory, there are three elements to enhance creativity:

  • World building: imagine new worlds are posible by creating new rules.
  • Perspective shifting: think about others underlying motivations.
  • Action generating techniques: force collaboration

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Hi all! 📚I'm Juan, a Learning Coach and founder of We Learn from 🇨🇴! I'm passionated about evidence based learning, marketing & systems. You can reach me at juan@welearn.com.co

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