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 (

And for more on the health benefits of laugher: (


About Doctor Tungsten

Scientist, philosopher, activist, naturalist, programmer, Free-Range Native American, and Intergalactic Pretty Boy, the individual known as Doctor Tungsten wears many hats in any given day and has worked in such diverse fields as Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Neurology, Immunology, Virology, and most other things that involve the word "bio" in it somewhere.

Posted on June 11, 2011, in Building the Better Scientist, Health, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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