Blinking marvellous

April 7, 2010

If you blink a lot – assuming you haven’t got something in your eye or have only just taken off your shades – it may well be a sign that you’re a creative thinker. Apparently it’s all down to the level of Dopamine in your brain, as eye blinking is a well-established measure of Dopamine production, which is itself linked to ‘cognitive inhibition’. This makes sense as taking the brakes off the brain should promote more divergent, creative-type thinking, as well as the ability to focus or de-focus attention depending on how well a task is defined. Or this could be a very elaborate excuse you can use if you accidentally wink at someone!


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