How Humor Boosts Creativity
People who watch funny videos on the Internet may be taking advantage of the latest psychological science—putting themselves in a good mood so they can think more creatively.
A recent study published in Psychological Science shows that positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and flexible yet careful thinking. Ruby Nadler at the University of Western Ontario and colleagues looked at a particular kind of learning that is improved by creative thinking. Volunteers were put into different moods and then given a category learning task to do, such as classifying sets of pictures with visually complex patterns. The researchers manipulated mood with help from music clips and video clips. After listening to the music and watching the video, people had to try to learn to recognize a pattern.
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Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.
I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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