Take It Lying Down
Want to unlock your creative genius? The best way to think on your feet may be to take a load off of them. When researchers at the Australian National University, in Canberra, tested 20 people on their ability to solve anagrams, subjects cracked the puzzles about 12 percent faster when they were lying down than when they were standing up. The study’s authors say that when we’re supine, our brains may release less noradrenaline, a chemical that may inhibit our ability to think creatively. Worth noting: This technique seemed to work only on creative tasks. When the participants were asked to switch to math problems, their results were the same whether they were vertical or horizontal.