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You’re Exceptionally Creative If You See The Correct Image (Only 1/100 People Can Do This!)

You’re Exceptionally Creative If You See The Correct Image (Only 1/100 People Can Do This!)

What do you see in this drawing that baffled so many people?

creative people

      Only 1/100 guessed right, but for the rest it was completely mind-boggling.

      Try again. The trick that helped some was to cover the darker side of the image with their hand.

      creative people

          Here comes the spoiler…

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          image explained

            It’s actually a man with a cowboy hat!

            It took some people an entire hour to figure this one out, while the lucky few were able to see it right away. If you belong to the latter group, you can consider yourself a highly creative person as studies show.

            Creative processes have been considered highly abstract and unquantifiable practices, often considered as bursts of sudden inspiration that came out of nowhere. However, scientists have been able to conduct certain researches to catch the creative process in order to analyze the distinctive features that creative people have. What they came to realize was that creative people tend to use much bigger parts of their brain during the thought process. This gives them the opportunity to use more associations and memory when trying to decode something.

            In the case of image deconstruction, creative people have more to work with when looking at an unknown image which means they would much more quickly collect the previously known parts to build ideas.

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            Therefore, it is no wonder that to some people this puzzle was way too easy making them wonder what the catch was. However, you shouldn’t think something is wrong with you if no matter how long you looked at the drawing, all you could see was the distorted image of a bat or a rat. It just means that you process new information in a different way, usually in a slightly more formal way, following certain known rules and associations, whereas for creative people, this process includes more “outside the box” kind of thinking with more options to choose from.

            This drawing wasn’t the first one to spur up the conversation about the effect our thinking process has on the way we perceive the world. The famous duck-rabbit dilemma presented by American psychologist Joseph Jastrow in 1899, provided starting point for the research on the topic.

            Before reading any further, stop and look at the drawing.

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            What do you see? A duck or a rabbit? Can you easily find the other animal? Can you switch from one perspective to the other with ease, or does it take some effort?

            duck or rabbit

              For this drawing, there is not a wrong or right guess, (even though most people guess duck first) it is rather a question of the ability to quickly switch from one perception to the other.

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              All of these features count when determining if you are a highly or average creative person. According to the research Richard Wiseman did with a group of fellow psychologists at the University of Edinburgh, creative people actually perceive the world differently, as they are more able to see things from many different angles.

              Using the duck-rabbit drawing, the participants had to answer questions not much different than the ones above. Additionally, they were asked to list as many unusual usages for given every-day objects in a short amount of time. The results were clear: people who could effortlessly switch from one perception to another, also did much better in assigning new purpose to known objects.

              It is a much known trait of creative people to easily think of alternative ways and to find connection between two apparently unrelated concepts. Their brains are just that much faster when working on interpreting different aspects of a concept. Therefore, the results prove that there is a difference to how highly creative people perceive the world as opposed to average creative ones.

              Finally, if it wasn’t for creative geniuses and their ability to see things from many different perspectives, we would have been deprived of the many discoveries and innovations that helped shape the world as we know it.

              Featured photo credit: http://www.wimp.com/ via facebook.com

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              5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

              5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

              Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

              All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

              The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

              “Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

              The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

              “The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

              The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

              “The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

              So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

                Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

                1. Build a Memory Palace

                  What is it?

                  The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

                  How to use it?

                  Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

                  “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

                  Example

                  An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

                  • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
                  • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
                  • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
                  • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
                  • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

                  You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

                  2. Mnemonic

                    What is it?

                    A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

                    How to use it?

                    Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

                    Example

                    I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

                    I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

                    Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

                    Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

                    Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

                    Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

                    C

                    J

                    H

                    D

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                    P

                    Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

                    Cubs

                    Just

                    Hate

                    Doing

                    Push-ups

                    Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

                    3. Mnemonic Peg System

                      What is it?

                      According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

                      How to use it?

                      The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

                      Example

                      Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

                      0 = hero

                      1 = gun

                      2 = shoe

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                      3 = tree

                      4 = door

                      5 = hive

                      6 = sticks

                      7 = heaven

                      8 = gate

                      9 = line

                      Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

                      4. Chunking

                        What is it?

                        Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

                        How to use it?

                        In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

                        Example

                        Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

                        Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

                        081127882

                        Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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                        081 – 127 – 882

                        Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

                        “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

                        5. Transfer of Learning

                          What is it?

                          Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

                          “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

                          How to use it?

                          There are two specific ways to use it:

                          1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
                          2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

                          Example

                          I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

                          Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

                          The Bottom Line

                          The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

                          We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

                          Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

                          “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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                          Featured photo credit: Nong Vang via unsplash.com

                          Reference

                          [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
                          [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
                          [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
                          [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
                          [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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