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IQ tests can't measure it, but 'cognitive flexibility' is key to learning and creativity

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Some of the greatest achievements have relied on creativity, imagination, curiosity, and empathy, not just IQ. 

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"Cognitive flexibility" is a skill that enables us to switch between different concepts, and to adapt behaviour to achieve goals in changing environments. 

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Cognitive flexibility is about learning to learn and being able to be flexible about the way you learn.

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If you normally take the same route to work, but there are now roadworks, what do you do? Some people stick to the original plan, despite the delay. People with more cognitive flexibility adapt and problem-solve to find a solution.

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Unlike working memory (how much you can remember at a certain time), cognitive flexibility does not rely on IQ. 

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Creativity is an important part in science and innovation, making flexible thinking important for innovation.

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Flexible thinking helps people recognise potential faults and find solutions.

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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and structural learning are ways to improve cognitive flexibility.

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Cognitive flexibility is essential for society to flourish.

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