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What is the difference between focused attention meditation and open monitoring meditation? Which one has been shown to result in greater creativity?
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Have you ever experienced a situation in which you were trying to solve a problem but stopped working on it because you couldn't come up with the answer? Then, after a while, when you returned to the problem, you got the answer right away? What do you think might be behind this process?
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It is a common observation that people are more irritated by nearby cell phone conversations than by conversations between two people who are physically present. Why do you think this occurs? (See Emberson et al., 2010, for one answer.)
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What is an expert? What are some differences between the way experts and nonexperts go about solving problems? How good are experts at solving problems outside of their field?
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Newspaper headlines are often good sources of ambiguous phrases. For example, consider the following actual headlines: “Milk Drinkers Are Turning to Powder,” “Iraqi Head Seeks Arms,” “Farm Bill Dies in House,” and “Squad Helps Dog Bite Victim.” See if you can find examples of ambiguous headlines in the newspaper, and try to figure out what it is th...
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