How To Inspire Creative Thinking

New research finds recollecting specific aspects of a recent event can inspire creativity, as measured by a key test.

Vagueness is the enemy of creativity. Beethoven didn't just come up with the idea that a symphony could express heroism; he also wrote the precise notes that conveyed that concept in sound. For ideas to be both novel and useful—a standard definition of creativity—they need to be expressed in highly specific terms.


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