It’s Good Housekeeping’s 17th anniversary, and mommies, it’s your month, too! Enjoy meaty reads on everything relevant to you—from deliciously simple cake recipes to stories of compassion during Pope Francis’s visit.

Grab a copy now!

Good Housekeeping
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
April 30, 2012

Meditation May Encourage Creative Thinking, Study Shows

Need help brainstorming for new ideas? Try meditating! By Jennifer Chan

Meditation has been known to calm the mind, but according to a study published in Frontiers in Cognition, it may also make you more creative. Cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato and her colleagues came to this conclusion after testing two different meditation techniques, Open Monitoring and Focused Attention, on their study participants.

The researchers wanted to find out which of these techniques could help individuals improve their divergent thinking (their ability to come up with new ideas) or their convergent thinking (their ability to find solutions to problems). 

Participants assigned to use Open Monitoring were encouraged to be receptive to everything that was going on around them without focusing on anything specific. Individuals who used this technique showed signs of improvement in divergent thinking. Meanwhile, those who used Focused Attention were asked to concentrate on a single thought or object. However, this meditation technique didn’t seem to have any effect at all. 

As evidenced by the study, not all meditation techniques produce the same results.  However, it is still helpful to know that, aside from helping you relax, you can also rely on some forms of meditation when preparing for a brainstorming session. 


(Photo by lululemon athletica via Flickr Creative Commons

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
9 Ways to Control Your Cravings
You can say no to that burger.   May 07, 2015 
This Is What The Pill Can Do for Your Skin
It's not just used for birth control, ladies.   May 07, 2015 
The One Thing That Increases With Age
And what can make each year a better one  May 02, 2015 
5 High-Protein Diets to Help You Get You Fit
Be on your way to a healthier and happier you.   May 01, 2015 
Ask Your Doctor about…Sunscreen 101
A health expert gives advice on how and why you should use sunscreen.   Apr 30, 2015 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT