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Recent studies have told us that exercise helps our mental health, in terms of being more alert and energetic. But how about creativity? What effect does exercise have on creative juices?

David Blanchette and his colleagues examined this very issue. They divided their research participants into three groups. Group 1 did no exercise prior to completing a creativity task (lucky them, some of you might be thinking). Group 2 completed 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as walking, bike riding, swimming and running, and following this, completed a creativity task. Like Group 2, the final group participated in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, however, they had to wait 2 hours before completing the creativity task.

The researchers found that both Groups 2 and 3 performed significantly better on the creativity task than did the no-exercise group. As well as concluding that aerobic exercises enhances creativity, they also pointed out that the positive effects of this activity are somewhat enduring, and certainly last at least up to 2 hours after completing exercise.

So the next time you want to think creatively, go for a brisk walk first.

Lies, lies and more lies

As we always bang on about, exposure to a diverse range of information is a great way to increase creativity. Here is some randomness for you to digest this tri-night…

Researchers have found that the average person tells two important lies every day and that one third of conversations involve some form of deception. In addition, 80% of people have lied in order to secure a job. And if you think you are catching these liars in action, think again. Four in five lies remain undetected.

If you do want to catch a liar, pay attention to the words not the body language. Liars are just as likely as truth-tellers to look you in the eye. However, liars are much less likely than truth-tellers to frequently use the word “I”.