Marily Oppezzo: Want to be more creative? Go for a walk
Marily Oppezzo studies how the movement of the body can affect the movement of the mind. Full bio
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you're going to go out for a walk
in your left hand.
process did we focus on?
coming up with a new idea.
with a variety of people.
indoors or outdoors.
found the same conclusion.
about one of them today.
was alternate uses.
ways to use common everyday objects
what else would you do with a key,
for opening up a lock?
as a third eyeball for a giraffe, right?
kind of new. But is it creative?
as many ideas as they could,
that a lot of people go with
it has to be realistic,
a key as an eyeball.
is that nobody had to have said it.
that we surveyed could have said it.
a key to scratch somebody's car,
you didn't get credit for it.
and it were a murder mystery,
of the murderer into the ground
because it's appropriate and it's novel.
with ideas while you were seated
with different objects.
while walking on a treadmill.
and this is interesting --
and then they sat.
that sat together for the first test,
about 20 creative ideas per person.
on the treadmill
on a treadmill in a windowless room.
test didn't get any better;
and then went on the treadmill
walking on the treadmill
is that you should go for a walk
and just start brainstorming right away.
the best effect possible.
or a topic to brainstorm.
and all of a sudden,
you're thinking about ahead of time.
brainstorming a different perspective
is that if I were running,
would be to stop running, so ...
is a comfortable pace, good.
activity is not taking a lot of attention.
pace is a good choice.
as many ideas as you can.
is to not lock on that first idea.
until you pick one or two to pursue.
to write them down,
and record through your phone
a creative conversation, right?
your idea down is already a filter.
"Is this good enough to write down?"
record them and think about them later.
and that idea's not coming to you,
on a break right now,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERMarily Oppezzo - Behavioral and learning scientist
Marily Oppezzo studies how the movement of the body can affect the movement of the mind.
Why you should listen
Inheriting an energetic passion for health from her dad, Marily Oppezzo's past research has investigated ways to use the world to motivate healthy brains and healthy behaviors. She is currently an Instructor of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She is also working with Dr. Dan Schwartz to find out if fidgeting in the classroom may be a desirable cognitive tool rather than an irritating hallmark of inattention, and she's working with Dr. Margaret Neale and Dr. Jodi Prochaska to discover how walking may improve negotiation outcomes.
Along her way, Oppezzo has collected several souvenir lessons from her range of work and educational experiences:
1. The environment has incredible power to elicit and shape behaviors; and
2. Everyone has at least one interesting story in them.
1. Biochemistry is fascinating;
2. We grant food immense powers. It can be simultaneously viewed as a vehicle of health, morality, social bonding, government conspiracy, inequality and pleasure; and
3. A plateful of knowledge doesn't always help the medicine go down.
Teaching / education:
1. Watching people learn, grow, and change is a deep gratification unique to teaching and behavior change work; and
2. Learning, like behavior change, takes distributed practice to become part of you. (We can’t binge-watch knowledge any more than we should pull flossing all-nighters).
1. Everyone has the capacity to be an inspiration and in surprising, unexpected ways; and
2. Health becomes incredibly valuable once you experience a true loss of it; and
3. Exercise is the ultimate multitasker: it can heal the brain, the heart and the body all at once.
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