Albion Professor Examines Optimal Time for Creativity

Individuals can spend a lifetime trying to understand why it's so easy to complete a crossword puzzle one day, and a struggle to figure out a single clue the next.

According to a study co-authored by Albion College psychological sciences professor Mareike Wieth and recently published in the journal Thinking & Reasoning, the answer could be as simple as the time of day the individual is working on that puzzle.

The optimal time to complete creative tasks, it turns out, runs opposite to the belief that it's best to tackle the problem when you're well rested. Therefore, the best time for a "morning person" to sit down with that puzzle is in the afternoon, while "night owls" do their best creative thinking in the morning.

Wieth's Problem-Solving Research Lands Media Coverage

Research by Mareike Wieth, assistant professor of psychological science at Albion College, has landed coverage in several media outlets including Men’s Health magazine and the British Broadcasting Company World Service. Wieth’s recent study asked 428 students to deem themselves night owls or morning larks then quizzed them on six problem-solving tasks at different times of the day. Early birds quizzed in the p.m. and night owls quizzed in the morning performed the best on insight-based questions that required some original thought.

Hands On with U. Michigan Health Services: Erin Davis' Summer Internship

Erin DavisAs a member of the Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and with a concentration in human services, it's no wonder Erin Davis wanted an internship that could give her a wide array of experiences. "I've always been interested in helping others and it was nice to get an internship in which I could see things firsthand and work with college students at the same time," Davis said.

NIH Scholar Pickworth, '13, Hopes to Find Neurological Clues to Obesity

Albion College Katie Pickworth, '13The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about one-third of American adults are obese. Albion College junior Katie Pickworth hopes to use funding from the National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program to determine if there are psychological and neurological triggers that can be linked to the condition.

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