Can Watching a Tennis Match Enhance Creativity?

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According to this article on Scientific American’s website, a simple eye exercise may lead to greater creativity. A study published in the journal Brain and Cognition posits that increasing the communication between the artistic right side of the brain and the logical left side of the brain results in greater creative ability.

Scientists tested subjects on a creativity task both before and after they performed the eye exercise—following an object as it moved back and forth horizontally for 30 seconds. This movement is thought to enhance cross-talk between the brain hemispheres. They found the subjects performed much better on the task after the exercise, while the control subjects who stared straight ahead for 30 seconds showed no improvement.

So the next time you’re stuck for a creative description of your character or just the right word to make your sentence sing, why not try it?

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7 Responses to “Can Watching a Tennis Match Enhance Creativity?”

  1. 1 slacker-chick November 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hmmm interesting I don’t mind watching tennis at all in the name of increasing creativity. Besides, those kids are HOT (oops, my inner-cougar is showing again ;->).

  2. 3 stranglingmymuse November 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for making me laugh out loud, both of you. I’m just coming off a tough deadline week and I needed that!

  3. 4 slacker-chick November 19, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Glad we could help you out there Sandy – hope you have some time to relax now! As for me, I’m off to buy some leopard print leggings and a matching tube top before the next tennis match.


  4. 6 Susan @ 2KoP December 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Cool. Do you have to track a single object for 30 seconds? Can you be moving the object? Oh, so many technical details to worry about.

    • 7 stranglingmymuse December 2, 2009 at 5:19 pm

      I don’t know more than what the article says, but I imagine you could just move your eyes slowly back and forth across the room, without even tracking an object. Since the eye movement itself is what is thought to enhance the connection between the two sides of the brain.

      I’ve tried it, but it’s hard to tell if it works without a scientist at hand to evaluate my before-and-after creativity levels!


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