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The science of eureka moments

The science of eureka moments

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The Eureka moment

A Eureka moment, also known as that "Aha!" moment, is that sudden realisation that you found a solution to a problem.

Eureka loosely translates to "I have found it!" It is that sudden clarity you feel at solving a puzzle or understanding a problem. Eureka moments appear out of nowhere when you are not consciously thinking about the problem.


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Theories on why eureka moments occur

Scientists found that memory cues and sleep can cause eureka moments. Researchers also agree that some period of incubation is often necessary before the eureka moment can happen. During the incubation period, your mind should roam freely, such as when showering or gardening.

By creating the right environment, you can encourage your brain to enter the incubation period that can increase your chances of finding a solution.


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How to have more eureka moments

How to have more eureka moments

First, you need to have fully explored the problem at hand. Only when you reach a dead-end are you at a place to solve the problem subconsciously.

  • Seek solitude, such as when showering, running, or driving the car. Allow your mind to wander freely.
  • Sit with the idea. Let the problem ruminate overnight or for a few days or weeks.
  • Get some sleep. Sleep processes and consolidates previous events.
  • Seek inspiration. For example, visit art galleries, walk in nature, listen to music, write in a journal.


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