Some recent studies to come out of Singapore and America have examined whether there is a link between exposure to other cultures (outside your hometown) and creativity.

In one study, a group of people had a watch a video that had snippets of life in America and China. A second group of people had to watch a video solely on American culture and a third group of people did not watch any videos.

The researchers found that the group who viewed the America / China video performed significantly better than the other two groups on a creativity test.

In another study, researchers found that people with richer multicultural experience (as measured by variables such as the length of time they had lived outside of their hometown, foreign language competency, the variety of ethnicity of their closest friends) performed significantly better in an idea generation test.

And finally, researchers also found that there is a strong relationship between the amount of time people have spent living outside of their home state and their ability to think creatively.

So if you have been looking for some evidence to convince your boss to give you a transfer to Paris, these studies could be your answer.

Brain warm-ups in Anthill

Amantha has been busy typing away on her keyboard. See some of the results at Australian Anthill online and read about how you can warm up the creative thinking parts of your brain.

What’s in a name?

As we always go 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…

Do you have an unusual name? Or is it quite normal and common? Scientists have discovered that people with unusual names are more likely to be diagnosed as psychotic (i.e. having a loss of contact with reality) as compared to those with ‘normal’ names.

Research has also shown that teachers tend to give higher grades to students with likeable names. On the other hand, students with less likeable or desirable names tend to experience higher levels of social isolation in the playground.

And finally, people whose surnames have negative connotations, such as Short, Little, or Bent are particularly likely to experience feelings of inferiority.

Some political anagrams

Anagrams are one of those tricky word games, where the aim is to rearrange the letters of a phrase to produce a new one. Here are a couple that made us laugh:

“US President Ronald Regan” = “repulsive and ignorant arse”

“President Clinton of the USA” = “to copulate he finds interns”