June 24, 2013

TV May Be Good for Something

1 Background Noise Triggers Human Creativity

If you have a project that requires some creativity, try turning on the TV or going to a coffee shop while you brainstorm it. University of Illinois researchers challenged volunteers to come up with new product ideas while subjected to different volumes of background noise, and found that creativity was most enhanced by a volume of 70 decibels, roughly the equivalent of a busy Starbuck's or a full-size TV. The audio distraction at that level evidently has the effect of lowing our level of mental focus, thus allowing us to think more abstractly, or "outside the box." For mental activity requiring focus, however, such as accounting or memorization, a level of 50 decibels is best. Above 85 decibels -- think kitchen blender -- background noise impairs both focus and creativity.

More at Well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Adults with ADHD Are More Creative

Tags: Creativity, How to Be More Creative, Psychology of Creativity, Coming Up with New Ideas

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Reduces Stress

2 NY Hospital Offers Cuddling for Preemies

Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, has a program that trains staff and medical students to become certified cuddlers to aid premature babies in their recovery and development. Babies who are too sick to be picked up also get hands-on attention. Studies have shown that cuddling reduces stress levels in preemies, especially during medical tests. Other hospitals in the country have similar programs. "It's often hard for parents to be here 24-7," says Cindy Running, nurse manager, St. Luke's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Iowa, which has a program that trains screened volunteers. "This is a program intended to give that patient a little more one on one time as an extension of the nurse and giving them a chance to be cuddled at the bedside by a specially trained volunteer."

More at CBSnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Premature Births Decline for Second Year in a Row

Tags: Montefiore Medical Center, Premature Babies, Premature Babies and Cuddling, St. Luke's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Cindy Running

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