The Creativity Response

The current discussions on Education primarily revolve around Communication and Information Technology, Mathematization and BIG DATA, public versus private financing of Higher Education (HE), access to HE, the importance of interdisciplinarity and translational research, gender aspects as well as the return on investment. Whereas Primary Education (PE) enables graduates to function in society by promoting basic knowledge such as literacy, mathematics and science. Higher Education has a different purpose: preparing the next generation to solve the complex problems facing modern society, assuming societal leadership and responsibility in various fields, striving for the Truth and self-development/self-knowledge.

Currently, most HE and PE curricula do not tap into the full potential of our brain and our mind to get the most out of individual educational programs. This lecture will introduce the concept of a 'creativity-response'. It will first highlight findings in the field of neurobiology, social psychology and clinical psychology to identify the underlying mechanisms promoting creativity, performance, leadership, self-esteem, motivation and content. It will then describe the five building blocks that enable a creativity response to occur including multisensory learning, mindfulness, the role of exercise, nutrition and the importance of rest and sleep. These 5 life hygiene factors provide the basis for an open and creative mind and should be systematically implemented in Education regardless of the field of study.