Perhaps you were living under a rock back in 2010 when a little video called Mortal Kombat: Rebirth started sweeping the web. If I ever became a Jedi and developed mind-control powers like Ben-Kenobi, I would make the world a much better place. Since Oprah likes to give things away, I see no reason why she shouldn't give a car to everyone in the country. I would find the government scientists who are making the biological warfare serum that turns terrorists into zombies and instead make them work on a drug that turns douchebags into regular people. Since there is no way that Paul Rudd would ever divorce his wife to make out with me, the only way to make him love me is through mind-control powers.
I could really use someone to help me out around the house with chores and cooking dinner, and I think Julia would be perfect.
I could really use a personal trainer who knows the forest inside-out and is fierce enough to keep me on track with my fitness goals. This one would be a two-fer - not only would I get a lot of money, but she'd be too poor to mount a presidential campaign. I think it's really important that Stephanie Meyer stops contributing to the sparkly vampire overpopulation problem. Smosh is the home of the best funny videos, games, photos, memes, blogs and galleries online.
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There appears to be some innate talent involved, but it is also clear that many hours of practice are required, along with the courage to continue to fail and try again, over and over until it almost becomes second nature. My partner and I have worked with hundreds of international groups at all levels to explore the key blocks to creative thinking. We have metaphorically referred to these negative environmental blocks and mental as the ‘killers’ of creative thinking and innovation, and we have explored what is happening at a neurological and cultural level when creativity is impeded and innovation obstructed. An area of brain research that reveals our capacity for learning creative thinking is the growing evidence that the brain is in fact plastic (Norman Doidge’s book ‘The Brain that Changes Itself’, 2007, is a great introduction to this concept). The brain has also been found to be plastic enough to allow specific areas to be strengthened and built up over time.
University of New Mexico neuroscientist Rex Jung believes approximately 40 per cent of our creativity comes from our genetics and 60 per cent from environmental influences. All people, he believes, have the capacity for creative thinking, which is influenced by their interactions with the environment. HBS professor Teresa Amabile argues, ‘One myth about creativity is that it’s associated with the particular personality or genius of a person — and in fact, creativity does depend to some extent on the intelligence, expertise, talent, and experience of an individual. Rex Jung has concluded that those who diligently practise creative activities learn to recruit their brain’s creative networks quicker and better. The concept of ‘brain training’, which was once thought to be a niche market for people with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive problems, is now so popular that ‘brain gyms’ have become multimillion-dollar businesses. The ability to rapidly shift between convergent and divergent thinking is also critical, and the good news is that this too can be learned. The other area to consider is how we can ensure the organizational environment is relaxed enough to support creative development. If you couple these interesting new theories with something that has been long known —that stress can ‘shut down’ or ‘switch off’ significant areas of the brain so they can no longer effectively be accessed —it becomes clear that inducing a relaxed state is critical for encouraging creative thinking. Consider the modern workplace challenge of multitasking – imagine the stress that is putting on the brain.
It appears that highly creative people are able to utilise non-conscious processing of innovative ideas more than others, and this is what distinguishes them from the pack. Creative thinking requires a relaxed state, the ability to think through options at a slow pace and the openness to explore different alternatives without fear, so it is critical that the organizational environment is carefully assessed to ensure there are optimum opportunities for creative thinking. Encourage the intention to create: Make the creative process fun, interesting and relevant, and provide time and dedicated opportunities for creative development. Teach optimism and self-belief: Reveal the thought-patterns that can lead to open rather than closed thinking. Provide platforms for creative ideas: These are places where all ideas are encouraged and supported, where individuals can feel proud of what they achieve and can learn to present these ideas confidently. Allow employees opportunities to take ‘time out’: Ensure scheduled break times are taken – try introducing yoga or mediation breaks!


Encourage focused scheduled project time: Provide opportunities to get into the creative ‘flow’ of a project without interruptions.
I have already decided I will need to encourage my son to continue to develop his passion for juggling – and to take the time out to challenge myself to try juggling too!
What will you do to support your own creative development and to ensure creative thinking is supported in your organization?
This short was a concept piece by director Kevin Tancharoen to bring the Mortal Kombat series into a more realistic setting. It was particularlly well done and he was able to bring back some of the cast from his concept trailer. Because it was in the same time slot as Two & a Half Men, and more people watched that show. He would also be handy at warding off other mythical creatures lurking in the forest, like werewolves and Elvis. If I had mind-control powers, I would kill the tiny bit of her brain that writes her Twilight books. See the funniest YouTube videos, pictures and images online or chat with Smosh readers in our online forums. Often plagued by a sense of urgency and pressure the modern office does not appear to be the ideal incubation opportunity for innovation – and yet there are strategies that can be used to defy the odds. As many jugglers will tell you, they eventually get to the point where they don’t need to look at the full ball projection. We have discovered that unless the right environment is created (physically, emotionally, mentally and culturally) it can be very difficult for people to have the opportunity to develop their creative capabilities. That process has helped us to identify how to deal with these ‘killers’, and how to build up creative strengths. Apparently the brain is not completely wired with location-specific neural pathways that are preset according to genetic coding and then established for life.
This should give us hope that even if we feel we have established ingrained patterns of thinking and habitual ways of perceiving and behaving, we are not stuck with these habits for life.
Studies in creative thinking show that children with low divergent thinking scores who continue to exercise these creativity ‘muscles’ can outperform others with higher scores who do not. Companies such as Lumosity have designed games and other products to improve brain performance for which there is a universal demand across all demographics. Through developing training programs that alternate periods of intense convergent thinking with maximum divergent thinking repeatedly over stages, a number of studies have shown that brain patterns have changed and greater creative thinking capacity has emerged. Well-trained musicians are able to deactivate their right temporoparietal junction, which is usually engaged in reading incoming stimuli and sorting it for relevance.
When the brain is under stress, the primal emotional ‘shutdown’ response is triggered as a coping mechanism, moving you rapidly into what has been called ‘the red zone’ (Mowatt, Corrigan, & Long, 2010). The ongoing release of corticosteroids can change neurons and their synapses in the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex (McEwen, 2007). It is important to be able to access deeper and broader levels of the brain, from the hippocampus through to the prefrontal cortex. Not only can email and texting addiction be dangerous for your mental health, but it can actually lower IQ twice as effectively as addiction to marijuana!
In order to process information we need focus, and it is difficult for the brain to take in too much if it is required to constantly shut down, reset and refocus on a new message.
After a break people come up with more divergent solutions than when working continuously on a problem.
Introduce special learning opportunities for developing creative thinking, and utilise exercises that encourage divergent thinking. Establish a culture in which employees are treated with respect and feel comfortable to explore new ideas, to ensure creative thinking is not shut down.
Gaia has worked extensively with a range of clients assisting with in creative development and innovation through coaching, workshops, facilitating, consulting and keynote delivery. The video was generally well received and his concepts got people talking, but Warner Bros. Still the fans cried out for more, I mean this is the internet after all and no one is ever truly happy.
So just how do we maximise the brain’s neurological capabilities in the midst of the busy contemporary working environment? A little agitated at the interruptions at first, it has dawned on me that this is a great learning opportunity, and I have started thinking about how challenging it can be to learn juggling. Over time we have learnt that there can be a significant loss in creative ability where it is simply not used.


Accumulated research supports the idea that it is possible to ‘rewire’ the brain at any stage in life to form new and varied connections.
But it also depends on creative thinking as a skill that involves qualities such as the propensity to take risks and to turn a problem on its head to get a new perspective. It is possible to ‘rewire’ the brain at any stage in life to form new and varied connections. Some 14 million people in more than 180 countries now either subscribe to Lumosity’s website or have downloaded its iPhone apps.
By switching this off and therefore blocking out distractions, they are able to achieve superior levels of concentration and therefore work with the music more spontaneously. These produce impairments in working and spatial memory, and can lead to increased aggression. The more relaxed the individual, and the more ‘open’ the mind, the more easily these broader connections can be made. Every time we shut down from one task to open up a new one, we lose data from the first task and also lose information from the second.
Highly creative people are able to utilise this non-conscious processing time more effectively than others do.
None the less there wasn't much breath held as many a Machinima series has landed in developement purgatory with all hope lost. Though there is one face you might recognize from the original Mortal Komat, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. If I had mind-control powers, I'd convince The Donald to cover up that bald spot with something more interesting, like a unicorn horn or a little parrot. With mind-control powers, I could summon one whenever I wanted, like when traffic gets really bad. But now that Two & a Half Men is off the air, I see no reason why Arrested Development shouldn't air again. A market research firm that specifically tracks development in the area of brain ‘fitness’ predicts that this market will grow to at least $2 billion by 2015. Other trained individuals who have also shown an ability to shift into this higher gear of concentration include dancers, comedians and orators —and athletes too. When ‘red zone’ emotions are expressed, they often have a negative impact on personal and working relationships, shutting off the relaxed and open state required for creative thinking. They can also lead to deficits in the striatum, which can bias decision-making strategies and decrease flexibility — a critical quality for creative thinking. In effect, it enables conscious awareness to be freed from pressing and direct tasks to more open and divergent thinking (Fredrickson, 2001).
The average desk worker loses 2.1 hours of productive time a day jumping from one task to another. We can all utilise these spontaneous processes by giving the brain time to ‘incubate’ and thereby access both emotional and cognitive solutions that may have been previously unavailable to conscious awareness. If Ron Howard is kind of iffy on the project, then I can use my mind powers to change his mind. Even worse than that, negative influences can creep in where there is not a supportive environment, and a destructive downward spiral can ensue.
When this is done over a lifetime, the neurological patterns of the brain are gradually changed.
Learning to deactivate this part of the brain can therefore help with creative development. We need to learn how to control these brain responses more effectively so we can access the prefrontal cortex more easily and ensure we remain in the freethinking open ‘blue zone’.
Under stress the brain will return to more conservative patterns of thinking and rigid habitual memory functioning at the expense of more flexible ‘cognitive’ memory. Your brain needs to focus to be really productive, and when your brain loses focus it can take 25 minutes to get back to full productivity. This can enable us to fully utilise the brain’s capabilities and learn and train creative thinking.




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