Where do you do your best thinking? While taking a shower? While driving? Or maybe you do you best thinking while relaxing before bed.
Have you ever said “I need to take a walk to clear my head”?
Based on a new study, there may be some science to support the idea that you do your best thinking outdoors.
Researchers examined the carbon dioxide level inside various rooms and compared those to decision making performance. The results showed that in rooms with a higher level of carbon dioxide concentration, decision making was impaired.
Given that we exhale carbon dioxide, imagine the impact of the gas in a window-less meeting room where a group of individuals are conducting a brainstorming session. Definitely not ideal.
So, next time you need to make a decision or do some deep critical thinking, take a walk and get some fresh air. You might gain some perspective and boost your brain’s performance.
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Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens. She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting. She is the chief blogger for Critical Thinkers and occasionally posts at ThinkWatson. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.