TED: Marily Oppezzo

This week’s TED Talk was filmed during the 2017 TEDxStanford that took place on April 23 in Stanford, CA under the general title of In the moment.

If you read my post about spacing out and procrastination (that I wrote a few weeks ago), that dealt with the consequences of being permanently busy and their impact on our creativity, you will understand my interest in the topic of this TEDxTalk: Sometimes we need space, not only in the metaphorical sense of the word, but also in the physical one.

When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to the research presented in her talk by Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing.

Marily explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm:

  1. pick a topic or problem for your brainstorm
  2. walk at a comfortable pace while you brainstrom
  3. come up with as many ideas as you can
  4. speak and record your ideas
  5. cap your time

Marily Oppezzo is a behavioral and learning scientist who studies how physical and mental environments can positively impact our learning and health behaviors. Her background at the intersection of education, psychology, and health science puts her in a unique position to research health – specifically sedentary behavior, from an interdisciplinary perspective.