This chapter is a free excerpt from Quicklet on Jonah Lehrer's Imagine: How Creativity Works.

ADHD/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Allen Curve: A paradigm/chart demonstrating the relationship between the proximity of workers, the number of interactions between workers, and the rate of productivity. The curve indicates that proximity increases interactions and that interactions increase productivity.

Asperger’s Syndrome: a form of autism.


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ADHD/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Allen Curve: A paradigm/chart demonstrating the relationship between the proximity of workers, the number of interactions between workers, and the rate of productivity. The curve indicates that proximity increases interactions and that interactions increase productivity.

Asperger’s Syndrome: a form of autism.

Brainstorming: a method for generating creative ideas first presented by Alex Osborne, an advertising executive. One central element of the method was an injunction to keep the process positive, with no critical exchanges. Lehrer contests this principle.

Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex (DLPFC): A portion of the midbrain associated with impulse control.

EEG:

Fat-washing: the use of alcohol as a solvent to extract soluble compounds from fatty substances, followed by the extraction of the fat through extreme cooling.

fMRI: functional magnetic resonance imaging. The observation of brain activity through study of blood flow, using magnetic fields.

Horizontal Sharing: information exchange between peers and across specialties, often extending outside fields and outside individual corporations, but always involving open exchange of ideas and information.

Third Place: a concept originating with sociologist Ray Oldenberg, postulating areas which are neither home nor workplace, in which a broad variety of people can be brought to interact, generating new creativity. Examples: a coffeehouse or a salon.

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