Why humor makes you more creative

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From Fast Company:

Stanford professor Tina Seelig discusses one study, jazz musicians were asked to improvise while having their brains monitored via fMRI.

Something harmonic happened: As the artists performed, the parts of the frontal lobe associated with judgment went quiet. This shows that while self-monitoring is often useful–you don’t want to say everything that passes through your mind–it can get in the way of new ideas.

“Creative people have apparently mastered the art of turning off this part of their brains to let their ideas flow more smoothly, unleashing their imagination,” she writes.

During the interview with Seelig, she explains that innovative managers make their workplaces “habitats for creativity”–which entails a break from all the stuffy self-monitoring.

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