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Breaking Down Virtual-Reality Walls May Boost Creativity

Coming up with innovative ideas requires breaking through some mental barrier, pushing past constraints constructed by habit and convention. New research from China shows the power of such symbolism, and points to how it can be harnessed to heighten one’s imagination. It provides evidence that breaking walls in a virtual-reality setting increases creativity. “These findings may indicate that enacting metaphors such as ‘breaking the rules’ contribute to creative performance,” writes a research team led by psychologist Xinyue Wang of East China Normal University in Shanghai.

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