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hip-hop, creativity and brain functionality

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Hip-hop, an artistic expression/culture formed during 70s in Bronx, is a combination of terms — “hip” was used in African-American vernacular English starting in 1898, meaning current or in the know, and “hop” from “to hop.”

Hip-hop was the creative coalescence of the then popular funk music, self-appointed disk-scratching DJs, break-dancing MCs, improv lyricist-rappers and complementary street art (graffiti) which visualized a culture tinged with social bias, racism and ethnic rebellion. It went mainstream in 1979 by “Rapper’s Delight.”

Creativity in street (hip-hop) and classic (jazz) musical traditions is now being employed by neuroscience in exploring brain performance during creative processes.

Written by Hayk

October 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

creativity and bacon

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One past extensive research about creativity asked the question “What are creative people like?” concluding, creative people:

  1. work very hard;
  2. are more disposed to setting their own agenda and taking independent action;
  3. strive for originality;
  4. show more flexibility;
  5. don’t have higher IQs … No cognitive abilities have been identified which reliably distinguish between creative and non-creative people.

And to question “What cognitive factors are involved in creative acts?” research concludes:

  • Years of preparation essential for creative productivity;
  • Goal setting is critical in creative acts.

And what is creative perversity? It is cologne, salt, vodka, mayonnaise, gumballs – all made of bacon.

Written by Hayk

August 23, 2011 at 6:39 am

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Stanford prison experiment and modern management practices

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Stanford University, 1971. From a group of volunteers, half were to play prisoners, half wardens, placed in a makeshift jail. Stanford prison experiment, aimed to study psychological effects of being/treated as a prisoner/warden, lasted six instead of planned fourteen days.

It became a classic demonstration of the power of situations and how good intentions of participants were overwhelmed by transformation of ordinary/normal young men into sadistic guards or prisoners with emotional breakdowns.

Conclusions? Managers, treat employees with humour/equality/consideration, but fertilize confusion as it is at the roots of creativity and innovation.

Confused things kindle minds for great inventions – da Vinci.

Written by Hayk

August 20, 2011 at 10:31 am