6 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

5/12/2017 - Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology Dean Simonton in National Geographic.

Sometimes certain places, at specific points in history, become incubators of brilliant ideas. London during the Elizabethan era, for example, or 1920s Paris—author Eric Weiner has called them “genius clusters.”

A creative spark isn’t worth much without perseverance, according to those who study these things. “The number one predictor of impact is productivity,” says Dean Keith Simonton, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California, Davis and a longtime scholar of genius. Those who put in the work to perfect an idea—and keep trying new ones when the first attempt fails—are likelier to make a mark.

Read the full story in National Geographic.