Performing horizontal eye movement exercises can boost your creativity
There have been prior clues that creativity benefits from ample cross-talk between the brain hemispheres. For example, patients who’ve had a commissurotomy – the severing of the thick bundle of nerve fibres that joins the two hemispheres – show deficits on creative tasks. Now Elizabeth Shobe and colleagues have provided the first evidence that creativity is boosted by an intervention designed to increase hemispheric cross-talk.
Shobe’s team tested 62 participants on a version of the “Alternative Uses Test”, a divergent thinking challenge that involves dreaming up unconventional uses for everyday objects such as bricks and newspapers.