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Do manual actions have an effect on thinking? on decision making? on problem solving? According to the findings of a recent research the answer is positive: our hands are somehow "good thinkers". The research was carried out at Kingston University London by a team led by Frederik and Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau about the interactions between the problem solving agent and his or her environment. Applying a qualitative method, the Authors asked one group of participants to use a tablet and a stylus to work out any solution of a hard problem while they set a second group in a "building condition" providing some physical material to manipulate....

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Creativity and Language Learning

"Creativity is not a capacity of special people but a special capacity of all people. It shows speakers as language makers and not simply as language users"! I find this conclusion absolutely fantastic! It comes at the end of the book titled: "Language and Creativity: the Art of Common Talk" written by Ron Carter -professor at Nottingham University- and published by Routeledge (second edition, 2016). Two fundamental points of this statement deserve to be highlighted: 1) "Creativity is a special capacity of all people" and 2) "Creativity shows speakers as language makers not simply language users"...

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Open doors!

Living Christmas, inspiring thoughts from M.K.Gandhi. In these days we often say or write on a card: "Merry Christmas" or "have a peaceful Christmas". We certainly do with a genuine good heart and good will, we say and write those words like a blessing for our Neighbours. Nevertheless, if we compare the good feelings that those kind expressions are to deliver and the hectic rhythms we are living in this time of the year, we can't avoid the experience of an uncomfortable contradiction....

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