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Chuck Crossett
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Systems science; engineering, history and research thereof
Systems science; engineering, history and research thereof

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Using a theory (System Dynamics) to explore why said theory is not widely adopted. May contain large areas of myopia.

Thun, J.-H. and Strohhecker, J. (2012), Are We Surrounded by Penguins? The Diffusion of System Dynamics in Academia Analysed with System Dynamics. Syst. Res.. doi: 10.1002/sres.1137

Incorporating geography and mass media influence into a social network model improves its realism in re: technology adoption.

Toole JL, Cha M, González MC (2012) Modeling the Adoption of Innovations in the Presence of Geographic and Media Influences. PLoS ONE 7(1): e29528. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029528

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0029528

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Another boost for creativity? Turns out that being less able to focus - such as being drunk or sleepy, can also help you find innovative solutions. Doubt this is going to impact the workplace... but it does add another point to the argument that long meetings of rationalist procedures trying to finding a solution may not get you a great answer.

Original study at:
http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/128/12/2882.short

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You can enhance cognitive flexibility (and therefore potential creativity) just through being exposed to out-of-the-routine events or schemes. Doing something in the wrong order, for example, or experiencing something that pushes you out of your comfort zone can make you look at things in a new way that can bring you to a creative solution.

Published study at:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103112000212

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Teller Reveals His Secrets
By Raymond Teller , Smithsonian

The smaller, quieter half of the magician duo Penn & Teller writes about how magicians manipulate the human mind

Read here: http://goo.gl/67lf4
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Out-of-the-box creativity (what the authors call "radical" creativity) is strongly correlated with intrinsic motivation, and focusing on abstract theory and problem-focused mindsets, whereas more "incremental" creativity is tied to extrinsic motivation, and a focus on practice and solution-oriented techniques.

http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/aca/5/1/21/

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Asking people to adopt a problem-solving approach that differs from their usual path (e.g. using a rational approach rather than their usual intuitive method) results in higher creativity. Therefore, getting a set of engineers to have an intuitive "brainstorming" session may lead to better solution concepts...

http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/aca/5/1/3/
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