What do you see, what do you smell, what do you do? It turns out that our physical surroundings, what we perceive through our senses and the actions we choose to take may be influencing how we think more than we thought. Scientific American looked at research concerning what we experience and the influences on our thoughts and behavior. The studies’ findings included:
- Participants who walked around a cardboard box were able to think more creatively than participants who sat inside a cardboard box.
- Participants who answered questions while pointing at their head did a better job of answering test questions at the same time that people who answered questions while pointing at their heart were more influenced by their emotional responses.
- People who physically felt some type of smooth texture performed better in the face of difficult social interactions.
- People who physically saw forward motion were then more likely to advance, or move forward, in some way.
In typical human fashion, I wonder: How does this research affect me as an individual? I’m not entirely sure, but I thought I’d try to come up with some related ideas to try. Some serious, some ridiculous. What do you think?
- Work or study while wearing a hat.
- Do deadlifts at the gym.
- Vary route home from the supermarket, every time.
- Throw a box of envelopes on the floor, and then sweep them up.
- Create a small Lego fort, and hold it regularly.
- Sign up for and play several team sports.
- Put some plates on the floor; proceed to dance vigorously but without disturbing the plates.
- Box up a stuffed elephant and put it away.
- Keep boots on the floor instead of on a shelf.