The Einstellung Effect: Why Experts Lack Creativity And Problem Solving Skills

Einstellung effect - Learn to utilize resources correctly to increase productivity

Speaking anecdotally, have you ever had an interaction with a professional who has a vast amount of experience but ultimately failed to offer a smart and creative solution? One possibility is that the expert really wasn’t an expert and genuinely lacked problem-solving skills. The other possibility is that you experienced the Einstellung Effect; also known …

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3 mind and brain hacking tricks to increase your mind’s power* T&C apply:)

3 mind hacking and brain hacking techniques to improve memory and creativity

This is not a click-bait article. I repeat, this isn’t click-bait. We really are going to look at brain and mind hacks to temporarily improve your memory and creativity. In short, your mind’s power would increase significantly for a short duration after using these psychological hacks.  Let us first define a mind/brain hack:  In the …

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How to improve your critical thinking skills and change your thinking patterns

How to change thinking patterns and improve thinking skills

People often want to learn how to expand their thinking abilities or change their thinking patterns. In fact, they want to think better and improve critical thinking. How do we go about that? In this post, I’ve outlined actionable tips to improve and refine your critical thinking skills. With these tips and recommendations, you can …

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How does background music affect work productivity and creativity? 10 research findings

Leaving all anecdotes aside, let us look at the scientific evidence. Considering the value of this question in our day-to-day lives, I’ll summarize music psychology research here. Research has given us quite a few valuable insights into how music affects our minds and behavioral output. One example is: Listening to slightly distracting music in the …

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Inquiry based learning in the 21st century

Inquiry based learning research, discovery based teaching

A number of learning systems exist today. Educational psychologists, as well as allied psychology researchers from cognitive science labs and rehabilitation centers, have invested a lot of time in studying how people should learn effectively. Over 500,000 results: articles/books/discussions from researchgate.net show up via google search. That is a lot and that is just one database. …

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Mental models – A way to unlock genius

Mental model - how to think in creative processes

Mental models or Mental model thinking can help you learn better, get creative, and gain immense insight into the world. For a minute, think that your mind is a blank canvas.    But that can’t be true. You are alive and are learning something, absorbing some information, this information.    Let’s now put that blank …

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9 reasons why you should learn a new skill even if you don’t need it!

Learning skills even if you don't need them

There often comes a time when you can ask the question- ‘why am I learning this? It has no use for me’. Even though learning something new has no direct use in your life, it has benefits that are invaluable! (I’ve also added a small section at the end describing my reasons for when you …

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