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8/22/2014
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David Wagner
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Geekend: Want To Be Smarter? Draw, Sing, Teach

Three new studies offer advice that can help us in the workplace.

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SaneIT
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8/25/2014 | 7:24:06 AM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
I just want to add to the list of things that help cognitive function.  Exercise is a big one as is taking up a hobby.  I think that the bigger picture here isn't art or music it is activity.  Humans who wind down to nothing and become vegetative also lower their brain function.  Those who keep engaged and moving tend to build up that cognitive function.   I think this is one of the reasons Google's side project love is so good for the company.  Keeping people from sinking into a rut is good for them.
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8/24/2014 | 1:55:34 AM
Re: different kinds of intellegence
jastroff, in continuation to your point, companies must ensure that staff get a flavour of other tasks too therefore they must formally ensure that people get job rotation. Viewing things from a different angle leads to development of an innovative mind.
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8/24/2014 | 1:38:01 AM
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SachinEE, background music never works for me. I like pindrop silence to concentrate. Thank God I don't share a room with my colleagues in office else my performance would have been much lower.
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8/23/2014 | 9:30:52 PM
Re: Artist learning
@Impact:

I like the transition from STEM to STEAM. So what exactly do you do as a parent to foster creativity in your child. I particularly found drawing to be versatile, more handy, easy to manage and less messy.
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8/23/2014 | 2:27:08 PM
No stranger
I am no stranger to the fact that a background music really helps you concentrate, and that is why most workplaces where workload is high use musical backgrounds. If we talk about a corporate group rather than children we see that even the lighting system and the temperature of the room can motivate a person to work harder.
Susan Fourtané
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8/23/2014 | 10:49:35 AM
You teach better what you need to learn
Dave, 

Quite interesting. I am no convinced that drawing skills are interconnected with being smarter as it is related with which brain hemisphere is in use and the kind of abilities developed in that part of the brain. There are multiple intelligences, not only one kind. 

The music study: being used to having music/noise as background doesn't make you smarter. You focus better later in a noisy working environment because you are used to doing stuff with noise in the background. 

A kid drawing a person with more than four limbs might not be drawing a human being but a different kind of being product of his imagination. 

The recent study that says that teaching improves learning has not discovered anything new. Old studies have previously published that people teach better what they need to learn.

I don't think these "studies" have convinced me of anything, or have brought anything new.  

The drawing is super cute. :)

-Susan  
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8/22/2014 | 4:18:54 PM
Re: different kinds of intellegence
@dave -- all great ideas and I've done all of them. I like to think it makes me a more valued resource, and a better manager. Bringing this all into the workplace can be difficult, but getting people to move from their "defined paths" or ruts can bring about more innovative thinking and better problem solving, that is, if the company culture permits risk-taking
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8/22/2014 | 2:05:07 PM
different kinds of intellegence
I think all these are great strategies but they measure a specific kind of intelligence.  Many other others authors in these area have indicated something refer to as emotional intelligence.  I think different kind of intelligence is what really makes a better person to deal with the various types of challenges we face in our daily lives.  I would encourage any one to pick up a pen or start playing an instrument.  They are fun hobbies. 
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8/22/2014 | 2:04:08 PM
Artist learning

 

Dave I think this is great information especially at a time when our schools are eliminating programs in the arts. Children absolutely benefit from music appreciation theater and art in general, it provides them with different approaches to problems. The research has long existed that appreciation for classical music fuels math and science skills. My school is now expanding STEM to include STEAM or the inclusion of the arts. I personally have my child spend a lot of time in art related endeavors as well as traditional subjects because I see the benefit!

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