Category Archive: Ramp Up Problem Solving

Is There a Formula for Smart Thinking?

Here’s a part (the conclusion) of an article about problem solving by Art Markman, a PT blogger.  So right on! Is There a Formula for Smart Thinking? ” In gen­eral, an impasse feels so frus­trat­ing, because you don’t know what to do next. That feel­ing of being stuck makes you anx­ious. Get­ting anx­ious and …

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I’m at Sharpbrains.com Summit — Virtual Conference

I’m going to attend the sharpbrains.com virtual conference the 7th and 8th of June. I’m not quite sure what to expect, but I’m looking forward to it. Lots of great speakers on topics all related to brain health and fitness, thinking, for people of all ages, all stages. I’ll be Tweeting about it daily. If …

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Meditation, Brain Training, and the Detachment Technique — More

Here’s a previous post that ties in with the post of May 30, 2012. I’m doing all the stuff that’s suggested by the new neuroscience. I have to acknowledge improvement in my intuitive thinking — but not enough yet. I have to notice those flashes more and write them down. Just listened to The Queen’s …

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N-Back Games to Increase Intelligence Still Iffy

Do you know what the N-Back game is? I didn’t either but now I do because it and its cousins are the mainstay of brain training, aimed at improving memory and attention for all ages. I tried one brain training game, about a 9 months ago, although I don’t remember the brand name (ironic). Actually …

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More Agile Minds on SharpBrains.com

Here’s a link to a recent post (of mine), http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2012/05/07/why-agile-minds-deploy-both-rational-and-intuitive-problem-solving/  published 5/7/12 on sharpbrains.com  I’m suggesting you go there, rather than republishing it again here because it’s a unique site — IF you’re interested in the topic, brain health and training. I’m tuned in to the upcoming June SUMMIT, but it’s not for all …

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Fluid intelligence? Can You Turn Up the Heat?

Fluid intelligence: “the capacity to solve novel problems, to learn, to reason, to see connections and to get to the bottom of things.” From Dan Hurley’s article, “Can You Build a Better Brain?” in the NYTimes magazine. So many different words, phrases, to describe different kinds of thinking. How is fluid intelligence different than mental …

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Hand-in-Hand, Up and Down, Back and Forth For Best Problem Solving Results

I’m hooked on The Agile Mind by cognitive neuroscientist Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. and am planning to drop quick pieces of information, quotes, useful techniques, and interesting research findings from her book about thinking on the next several Mondays.  Koutstaal tells us that highly effective problem solvers know how to move flexibly from intuitive to rational …

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Sian Beilock Touts Alcohol as a Route to Creativity

> Yes, we’ve been talking about the benefits of flexible thinking, the agile mind on IWO, but whoa — getting drunk as a technique to increase creativity? Here’s the whole article, followed in the near future by more details about developing a better (it depends, I guess) path to creative thinking that doesn’t require a …

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Are you a Mind-Popper?

>Ideas that occur to us in moments of non-focused attention are identified as “mind-popping” in The Agile Mind.  I like the term because it’s so descriptive. Occasionally, a thought literally pops up or a light pops on without a clear link to anything. It’s a sign of intuitive problem-solving thinking, although it can be “released” …

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The Agile Mind Means Intuitive Problem-Solving Gains Credibility and Pizaz

The Agile Mind, by Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D, an encyclopedic description of brain processes and functions, supports the benefits of flexibility in thinking. What’s an agile mind do for you, you might wonder? Koutstaal promotes collaborative processing of problem-solving rather than the intuitive vs. rational problem-solving thinking, the topic I’ve posted about recently, spoken about publicly, …

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