The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain

The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain by John Kounios, Mark Beeman 1079002251 9781079002256
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"An incredible accomplishment"-The Wall Street Journal


"An amazing book"-Steven Kotler, New York Times bestselling author of Last Tango in Cyberspace

"An excellent title for those interested in neuroscience or creativity....The writing is engaging and readable...including suggestions throughout to help people become more insightful."-Library Journal (Starred Review)

"The Eureka Factor presents a fascinating and illuminating account of the creative process and how to foster it."-James J. Heckman, Nobel laureate in economics

"[An] ingenious, thoughtful update on how the mind works."-Kirkus Reviews

The Eureka Factor is the most authoritative and engaging book about the science and practical enhancement of creative insight. It has now been reissued in paperback by the authors, John Kounios and Mark Beeman, the cognitive neuroscientists who discovered how the brain has aha moments-sudden creative insights. They explain how aha moments happen, when we need them, and how we can have more of them to enrich our lives and empower personal and professional success. Eureka or aha moments are sudden realizations that expand our understanding of the world and ourselves, conferring both personal growth and practical advantage. Creative insights conveyed an important discovery in the science of genetics to Nobel laureate Barbara McClintock, the melody of a Beatles ballad to Paul McCartney, and an understanding of the cause of human suffering to the Buddha. But these moments of clarity are not given only to the famous. Anyone can have them. In The Eureka Factor, Kounios and Beeman explain how insights arise and what the scientific research says about stimulating more of them. They also explain when insights are helpful and when methodical thinking is better. Written in a lively, colorful style, this book goes beyond scientific principles to offer productive techniques for realizing your creative potential at home and at work. It also tells compelling anecdotes that illustrate how eureka experiences can be a key factor in your life. Attend a dinner party with Christopher Columbus to learn why we need insights. Go to a baseball game with the director of a classic Disney Pixar movie to learn about one important type of aha moment. Observe the behind-the-scenes arrangements for an Elvis Presley concert to learn why the timing of insights is crucial. Accessible and compelling, The Eureka Factor is a fascinating look at the human brain and its infinite capacity to surprise us.

About the Authors.

Kounios and Beemans research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Times (U.K.), as well as on NPR and BBC Television. Their work was profiled in The New Yorker and is part of an exhibit at Chicagos Museum of Science and Industry.

John Kounios, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Drexel University. He has published cognitive neuroscience research on insight, creativity, problem solving, and memory. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society and serves on National Science Foundation advisory panels.

Mark Beeman, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Northwestern University, where he studies the neural basis of creativity and how mood affects cognition. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. He is a Kavli fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and serves on National Science Foundation advisory panels.

Yvette S. Kounios, M.A., contributed to The Eureka Factor. She is a journalist, university writing instructor, and Philadelphia Press Association Award recipient.

Author: John Kounios, Mark Beeman

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Independently published

Publication Date: 2015-04-14

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