Movement helps us to think creatively. This insight is over 2000 years old–and already known to the philosophers in ancient Greece.
How scientific is movement and cognition? What happens to the brain when we move? Is it possible for people who are less mobile to be more creative?
“Our research shows that it is not movement per se that helps us to think more flexibly,” says neuroscientist Dr. Barbara Handel from Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Wurzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany. It is the freedom to choose your own movements that is responsible.
Accordingly, even small movements while sitting can have the same positive effects on creative thinking. The researcher doesn’t draw any specific movement ideas from her research. “The important thing, however, is the freedom and willingness to move freely without external constraints. “
Don’t stare at small screens for too long
It is vital that movement isn’t suppressed or forced into a set of patterns, she states. The JMU researcher explained that this is often caused by people focusing on small screens.
The increased use of smartphones and other similar devices, also in education during the Corona pandemic, could have a negative impact on creativity and cognitive processes.
The experiments that Barbara Handel and her doctoral student Supriya Murali conducted are described in detail in a recent publication in the journal Psychological Research.
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