Need a Creative Boost? Try Lying Down

Melanie Pinola , Gawker Media

Need a Creative Boost? Try Lying DownIf you often have your best creative thoughts when you're lying down in bed, you're probably not alone. A research study suggests that lying down can boost innovation and creative thinking.

The study, from researchers at the Australian National University, tested twenty participants in their ability to solve anagrams. When the volunteers were lying down, they solved the problems about 10% faster than when standing.

Dr. Lipnicki, one of the researchers, theorizes that there may be differences in our brain chemistry when we're lying down. As quoted in PhysOrg:

"In theory, there may be greater release of a chemical, noradrenaline, in the brain when standing up than when lying down. It's suspected that noradrenaline inhibits the abilities to solve anagrams and to think creatively"

Lying down didn't make a difference with arithmetic problems, but it did help with insight problems (the kind that often inspire "Eureka!" moments).

While this study is not new, we haven't mentioned it before. So next time you're looking for a creative breakthrough, go ahead and lie down on the job.

Creative thinking: try lying down | PhysOrg

Photo by Moyan Brenn

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