On Shelley Carson’s 7 modes of Creative Brainsets (inspired by her book: Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life)
Connect, Reason, Envision, Absorb, Transform, Evaluate, and Stream
In this study we investigate the possible impact of meditation based on focused-attention (FA) and meditation based on open-monitoring (OM) on creativity tasks tapping into convergent and divergent thinking. We show that FA meditation and OM meditation exert specific effect on creativity. First, OM meditation induces a control state that promotes divergent thinking, a style of thinking that allows many new ideas of being generated. Second, FA meditation does not sustain convergent thinking, the process of generating one possible solution to a particular problem. We suggest that the enhancement of positive mood induced by meditating has boosted the effect in the first case and counteracted in the second case.