Brainwaves the key to problem solving

A new study reveals certain brain waves are more active when a person is on the brink of solving a difficult problem.

A new study reveals certain brain waves are more active when a person is on the brink of solving a difficult problem.

Research undertaken by Joydeep Bhattacharya at Goldsmiths University and Bhavin Sheth from the University of Houston studied human participants attempting to solve puzzles and brain teasers.

Their results conclude there are specific patterns in the brain that occur up to eight seconds before a person has an epiphany regarding the problem they are trying to solve. The research indicates most of this activity occurs in the brain’s right-hemisphere.

But the importance of the study, the researchers emphasise, is that it reveals that problem-solving consciousness is achievable, and further investigation could help enlighten people to more advanced problem-solving techniques.

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