Disorientation & Creativity

Posted June 17, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

You have to systematically create confusion; it sets creativity free. -Salvador Dali

A study published in Psychological Science by Dr. Proulx of the University of California, Santa Barbara and Prof. Heine of the University of British Columbia suggests that exposure to something illogical can prime the brain for finding new patterns.  The study has been used to prove that “disorientation begets creative thinking.”

So, to prep your brain for a summer full of creativity, jump on a merry-go-round.  After you are thoroughly disoriented, take a peek at the painting “Personal Values” by Rene Magritte or read Gertrude Stein’s essay on “Roastbeef.”  You are guaranteed a creative spike.

A Young Girl Meets Rene Magritte

Posted January 20, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

A bird flies through the sky above the ocean.

Inside the small room, a giant green cup stands.

Dinner is set up with an eye in the soup.

A hungry man eats with four arms.

A reflection of a man.

A flash of light for a man’s head

A stone man and a lion stand by a table.

A rock under a rain cloud on top of the ocean waves.

The fish has legs, lying in the sand.

Feet as shoes with laces.

A camouflage horse and a lady.

Curtains and a piece of clouds shaped like curtains.

By this big house, it is dark, but it is light in the sky.

A train comes out of a fireplace.

A cage on a wall with a big egg inside.

The shelves have pictures.

By Yolanda, age 13

Image Credit: Not to be reproduced, 1937 by Rene Magritte