Category Archive: Ramp Up Problem Solving

Increase Cognitive Function, Improve Problem-Solving by Choosing Change

Some of us embrace change, others are change agents, but most people don’t like to BE changed. It’s one thing if you have some control over the change and are choosing change, another if you are being told, gently forced or demanded to change. The article, “Continue reading »

Women’s Communication Skills Get Good Marks — Again

This picture may be more idealistic than realistic, but certainly if women can be excellent service advisers, they probably can be good service providers too. A new, upcoming, interesting, non-traditional job for women? Below is an entirely different slant on gender communication in the workplace as well as an interesting look …

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Consequences of Overparenting?

Link to lengthy article about the consequences for kids of overparenting, having all the bumps in the road smoothed out for them. I thought it was excellent and found explanations for trends that I didn’t understand. e.g. increase in binge drinking, ultra-casual sex, and an increase in anxiety and depression in college kids. It describes …

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Remember Situational Leadership? Give Leaders a Break!

Can’t review the original research I cited in April 1st’s post about women’ brains being better suited for leadership because it apparently is in review by an academic journal. We will have to wait. But here is some other research about women as leaders. What do …

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Talking Out Loud Enhances Problem Solving — and Might increase IQ

Talking out Loud to Yourself

This article on problem-solving looks very cool on  It was published on 2/9/2012 so may not be on the front page! If you’re in a hurry, read the last 3 paragraphs of the republished article here and you’ll get the action message. As slight change from self-talk but showing …

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Group Brainstorming Down, Individual Problem Solving Up

In a January 2012New Yorker article by Jonah Lehrer titled “Group Think, The brainstorming myth”, Keith Sawyer, a psychologist at Washington University comments, “Decades of research have consistently shown that brainstorming groups think of far fewer ideas than the same number of people who work alone and later pool their ideas.”  What that means is …

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Investing in Your Brain

Below is the introductory paragraph of an article from which I thought fit well with recent posts on about being a different or same person in 2013. Dec 18, 2012 Got Brain? Investing in Our Most Precious Asset in 2013 By: “Open …

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Realistic Instructional Self-Talk Does the Trick

Realistic self-talk is generally more useful than positive or negative self-talk. Instructional self-talk, particularly out loud, improves people’s problem solving skills. See more about talking out loud problem-solving at or search for “talking out loud” in a previous post on Here’s a paragraph of what Annie Murphy Paul has to …

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The Agile Mind — Reviewed Lightly and Well on

Check out an article I wrote about The Agile Mind for, titled “Promoting Mental Agility through Cognitive Control and Mental Representation.” Today, July 24th, my article is at the top of the first page where you’ll land. Title sounds a bit heavy, but article is light!

Problem Solving Thinking — Intuitive Thinking is “In” for Intelligent Women

I wrote this article below for, a favorite web-site, in May so I thought I’d pass it along to readers of, to eventually be followed by more innovative thinking about thinking by Wilma Koutstaal author of The Agile Mind.     A rare aha moment in 2011 set me chasing new problem-solving research. …

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