Rather than spending your free time browsing through social media or staring at your cell phone, researchers suggest taking a moment to just sit and think. Spending time alone with your thoughts can help problem-solving, enhance creativity, and improve overall well-being.
Zebra finches have stable personality traits and some of the traits enabled the birds to come up with innovative solutions to complex foraging tasks, a new study reports.
Pure free exploration may not be the most efficient route to solving a complex problem or learning, a new study reports.
Researchers have identified a neural mechanism that supports advanced cognitive functions such as planning and problem-solving. The mechanism distributes information from a single neuron to larger neural populations in the prefrontal cortex.
In terms of general intelligence, rocket scientists and brain surgeons are no smarter than the general population, researchers report.
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) can be used to modulate brain rhythms and cognitive behaviors related to "giving up" during problem-solving tasks.
The cognitive map allows people to compute on the fly with limited information to solve abstract problems.
Knowing when your train of thought is off track is central to finding the correct answer while problem-solving.
Study provides a new framework for investigating and formalizing the cognitive processes behind how humans use tools.
Neuroimaging study sheds light on what drove the evolutionary development of human creativity.