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The Secrets to Creativity: How much do you know?
by Staff
Creativity is defined as the ability to create novel, socially valued products and ideas. But can a person be inherently creative, or can it be taught? Test your creativity smarts now.

The state of "flow" allows a person to be so absorbed by an enjoyable activity that time seems to slip by, sometimes resulting in creative and innovative thinking. You can enter a state of flow by enganging in:

  • Gardening, reading, listening to music
  • Watching TV, napping, hanging out
  • All of the above

Stimulants and depressants have been known to alter moods and affect creativity. Which of the following contributes more to creativity when it comes to collaboration?

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Both

In order to experience optimal creativity, you should closely monitor your thoughts.

  • True
  • False

Where is the seat of creativity found in the brain?

  • Right brain
  • Left brain
  • Neither

Creative people are also besieged by mental illness.

  • True
  • False

Can meditation lead to more creativity?

  • Yes
  • No
  • The jury's still out

Having "mind-altering" experiences before the age of 20 is important in terms of encouraging white matter growth, an abundance of which is a signature feature of highly creative people.

  • True
  • False

Depressive people are more creative.

  • True
  • False

To exercise your creative muscles, you can create a thought experiment. A thought experiment is:

  • A problem with no solution
  • A problem with a solution
  • Neither

Which circumstance promotes creativity the most?

  • Collaboration
  • Competition
  • Neither