Over the years, I find that I crave two things when writing for intense long periods - fizzy water and sunflower seeds (instead of cigarettes I suppose). Maybe I was onto something...but while at OSU I was leaning on coffee big time.
A blog article from Smithsonian Magazine claims that coffee is actually not good for creative thinking, thus not good for successful working on my dissertation I'd say! Of course the article is followed by a link to a story about Elephant Poop coffee. How credible is this?
Science is only beginning to unravel the full complexity behind different forms of creative accomplishment; creativity is notoriously difficult to study in a laboratory setting…Still, we do know that much of what we associate with creativity—whether writing a sonnet or a mathematical proof—has to do with the ability to link ideas, entities, and concepts in novel ways.
Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/06/working-in-a-creative-field-despite-what-you-may-think-coffee-is-not-your-best-friend/#ixzz2WaNANGsj
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