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Compound In Fruit Is Food For Creative Thought

October 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Dutch research involving 32 men and women has proven the health value of consuming higher levels of the amino acid tyrosine. Participants were given orange juice that contained either tyrosine or a placebo. Tyrosine increases the production of dopamine in the brain, which increases the ability to think creatively. They were then required to solve various puzzles involving two main aspects of creative thinking: divergent thinking and convergent thinking. The test subjects who drank orange juice with added tyrosine were found to be better at solving puzzles than those who were administered a placebo.
Lorenza S. Colzato et al., "Food for creativity: tyrosine promotes deep thinking. ", Psychological Research, October 12, 2014, © Springer
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