From The Telegraph:
Want to become more creative? It’s not hard to achieve, according to a new study by researchers at University of Maryland.
All you have to do is imagine yourself to be a stereotypically creative type of person – and your level of creativity will rise.
Conversely, if you imagine yourself to be someone with sterotypically rigid thinking, your creativity will diminish.
Study authors Denis Dumas and Kevin Dunbar, from the university’s Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, asked participants to imagine themselves as either an “eccentric poet”, or a “rigid librarian”.
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Participants were then asked to complete tasks that measured their level of divergent thinking, which was found to be higher among the “poet” group, and lower among the “librarian” group.
“The ability to engage in divergent thinking is essential to creativity,” the researchers say, “as it allows people to see problems in multiple ways, generate novel solutions, concepts, and ideas.”
Link to the rest at The Telegraph
For the record, PG worked in the university library when he was a freshman and he was pretty much the opposite of rigid. But he also thought he might be a poet when he was a freshman.