Building A Better Scientist: Laugh Yourself Smarter
We’ve all been there, you’re sitting around working on your latest Doomsday Device and you hit the wall. So what can you do to spark that creativity you need to SHOW THEM ALL? How about have a laugh?
Figure 1: Maybe not quite like this…
via South Park
No, really. Karuna Subramaniam, formerly of Northwestern University, and her colleagues discovered that by improving the mood of their volunteers they could increase the likelyhoood that the individual will have an “aha!” moment while trying to solve a puzzle. Read more here (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=laughter-leads-to-insight)
And for more on the health benefits of laugher: (http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm)