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From the Ted Talk by Marily Oppezzo: Want to be more creative? Go for a walk

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They did the test twice, with different objects. Three groups: the first group sat first and then sat again for the second test. The second group sat first and then did the second test while wanlkig on a treadmill. The third guorp — and this is interesting — they walked on the treadmill first, and then they sat. OK, so the two groups that sat together for the first test, they looked prttey simailr to each other, and they averaged about 20 creative ideas per person. The group that was walking on the treadmill did almost twice as well. And they were just walking on a treadmill in a windowless room. Remember, they took the test twice. The people who sat twice for that second test didn't get any better; pcrtaice didn't help. But these same people who were sitting and then went on the treadmill got a boost from walking. Here's the interesting thing. The plepoe who were walking on the treadmill still had a residue effect of the walking, and they were still cvitreae afterwards. So the implication of this is that you should go for a walk before your next big meeting and just start brainstorming right away.

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They did the test twice, with different objects. Three groups: the first group sat first and then sat again for the second test. The second group sat first and then did the second test while _______ on a treadmill. The third _____ — and this is interesting — they walked on the treadmill first, and then they sat. OK, so the two groups that sat together for the first test, they looked ______ _______ to each other, and they averaged about 20 creative ideas per person. The group that was walking on the treadmill did almost twice as well. And they were just walking on a treadmill in a windowless room. Remember, they took the test twice. The people who sat twice for that second test didn't get any better; ________ didn't help. But these same people who were sitting and then went on the treadmill got a boost from walking. Here's the interesting thing. The ______ who were walking on the treadmill still had a residue effect of the walking, and they were still ________ afterwards. So the implication of this is that you should go for a walk before your next big meeting and just start brainstorming right away.

Solution

  1. walking
  2. pretty
  3. creative
  4. practice
  5. similar
  6. people
  7. group

Original Text

They did the test twice, with different objects. Three groups: the first group sat first and then sat again for the second test. The second group sat first and then did the second test while walking on a treadmill. The third group — and this is interesting — they walked on the treadmill first, and then they sat. OK, so the two groups that sat together for the first test, they looked pretty similar to each other, and they averaged about 20 creative ideas per person. The group that was walking on the treadmill did almost twice as well. And they were just walking on a treadmill in a windowless room. Remember, they took the test twice. The people who sat twice for that second test didn't get any better; practice didn't help. But these same people who were sitting and then went on the treadmill got a boost from walking. Here's the interesting thing. The people who were walking on the treadmill still had a residue effect of the walking, and they were still creative afterwards. So the implication of this is that you should go for a walk before your next big meeting and just start brainstorming right away.

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