Next Avenue: Want to do your job better? Use your ‘jazz brain’

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

In his new book, “Bring Your Brain to Work,” cognitive scientist and University of Texas at Austin professor of psychology and marketing Art Markman says using your “jazz brain” to improvise can help you get a job, do it well and advance your career. Throughout the book, Markman — who took up the saxophone in his 30s — has sidebar boxes explaining how to do it. Here are a few of his ideas.

The jazz brain

A remarkable facet of humans is our capacity to improvise. Good improvisation requires expertise. Indeed, the most flexible individuals are those with considerable knowledge in a domain.

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