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Mindfulness and Creativity: Where do the two intersect?

Colleen McCarty #mindfulness #creativity #neuroscience #happiness #meditation #emotional intelligence #eq #writing #amwritng #writersblock

Mindfulness and Creativity: Where do the two intersect?

Reposted rom Mindful.org When London School of Economics co-founder Graham Wallas wrote The Art of Thoughtin 1926, he outlined a classic framework for training our minds in the art of the creative process. More than half a century later, most scientists define creativity as “producing something new and useful”, and we have a much richer understanding of creativity’s cognitive and neural underpinnings. But what seems to remain from Wallas’s framework is this: creativity requires both freedom and constraint in our thinking. Applied neuroscience—a fancy way of saying “how to use neuroscience knowledge in real life”—helps us understand how to practice...

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What is 'Negative Bias'?

Colleen McCarty

What is 'Negative Bias'?

"The negativity bias, also known as the negativity effect, refers to the notion that, even when of equal intensity, things of a more negative nature (e.g. unpleasant thoughts, emotions, or social interactions; harmful/traumatic events) have a greater effect on one's psychological state and processes than do neutral or positive things. In other words, something very positive will generally have less of an impact on a person's behavior and cognition than something equally emotional but negative. The negativity bias has been investigated within many different domains, including the formation of impressions and general evaluations; attention, learning, and memory; and decision making and risk considerations." This...

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