Creativity in the Wild

Date:  Sunday February 24, 2013
Speaker:  David Strayer

 David Strayer is a Professor of Cognitive and Neural Sciences in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah.

This talk will examine the restorative properties of disconnecting from modern technology and interacting in natural settings. Many writers have extolled the virtues of hiking in nature, but scant scientific evidence has been mustered to substantiate these claims. Dr. Strayer will discuss his current research that shows that interacting in the wilderness absent modern technology significantly improves creative reasoning and other higher-order cognitive abilities.”

Speaker-Suggested References and Resources:
MAGAZINE ARTICLES “Hiking Makes You Smarter” by Elisabeth Kwak-Heffan, Backpacker Magazine, May, 2012, and “Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning” by Florence Williams, Outside Magazine, December, 2012.

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