Does body position affect problem solving?

Take it easy and lay down to reach those breakthroughs:

There is potentially less locus coeruleus-noradrenergic system activity when lying down than when standing, an effect expected to develop via a difference in baroreceptor load. Furthermore, there is evidence implying that locus coeruleus-noradrenergic system activity impairs attempts to solve anagrams. Consistent with these ideas, we found that subjects solved anagrams significantly faster when supine than when standing. With anagrams characterized as insight problems, our finding suggests that insight may be influenced by body posture.

Source: “Thinking on your back: Solving anagrams faster when supine than when standing” from Cognitive Brain Research, Volume 24, Issue 3, August 2005, Pages 719-722

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