The Link between Brain, Stress and Creativity

Baba Shiv: How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas? (Stanford Business): “If the brain is experiencing highly physiologically arousing emotions associated with stress, then our first instinct will be to stay away from excitement and seek comfort instead. Studies have shown that primates under stress, for example, will not pursue new territories or mates. Under stress, humans also hang on to the familiar. Once the brain calms, however, it becomes prone to boredom. It will then begin to seek arousal in the form of dopamine, from the excitement pathway. This is when both you and your baboon friend will seek out new territories.” “Studies show, however, that stress is a poor motivator. In his best-selling book, Thinking Fast and Slow, Princeton’s Daniel Kahneman explains why. Of the brain’s two basic neural pathways, the first — from anxiety to calm — does not inspire outside-the-box thinking. Workers are so insecure and stressed that they creep along in terror until they find safety. The goal, then, is to get workers engaging the second pathway — from complacency to excitement — which is much more likely to trigger innovation. That shift is achieved primarily through positive reinforcement: encouragement, respect, and enhanced responsibility.” “Democratizing where innovation can come from, encouraging grass-roots ideas, and utilizing social recognition are powerful methods for encouraging innovation. But the most insp...
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Authors: Moon JR, Lee CK, Hong SN, Im JP, Ye BD, Cha JM, Jung SA, Lee KM, Park DI, Jeen YT, Park YS, Cheon JH, Kim H, Seo B, Kim Y, Kim HJ, MOSAIK study group of the Korean Association for the Study of Intestinal Diseases (KASID) Abstract Background/Aims: Limited data are available regarding psychosocial distress at the time of diagnosis of ulcerative colitis (UC). We investigated the psychosocial burden and factors related to poor health-related quality of life (HRQL) among patients newly diagnosed with moderate-to-severe UC who were affiliated with the nationwide prospective cohort study. Methods: Within the ...
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This study aimed to examine the effects of warm steam inhalation before bedtime on subsequent sleep quality. The participants included 17 adult men with mild sleep difficulties and anxiety. All experiments were conducted in the participants' homes. The participants were instructed to wear a warm steam-generating mask or sham mask over the nose and mouth for 15 minutes immediately before habitual bedtime and were then allowed to sleep until their habitual waking time. The functional mask provided approximately 600 mg of steam for 10 minutes and maintained an interior temperature of 38-40°C for 15&th...
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ConclusionThe FAGIQ-6 can reliably measure goal involvement in specific achievement situations and thus enables new avenues of research on the dynamics of achievement goals.RésuméIntroductionActuellement, il existe un intérêt croissant pour la dynamique des buts d’accomplissement et ses conséquences sur les patrons motivationnels, incitant les chercheurs à se concentrer de plus en plus sur les états d’implication dans ces buts.ObjectifL’objet du présent travail était de développer et valider un questionnaire d’implication dans les ...
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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with an increased risk of developing depression and anxiety in adults, astudy inJAMA Otolaryngology-Head&Neck Surgery has found. OSA is a condition in which the muscles of the throat relax during sleep and block the airway, which causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly throughout the night. Jong-Yeup Kim, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at Konyang University in Korea analyzed the health records of 985 adults from the Korea National Health Insurance Service –National Sample Cohort in South Korea database. Between January 2004 and December 2006, 197 patients were d...
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