Nov 30th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
The inability to focus seems to be linked to greater creativity.
Researchers at Harvard University tested 100 high-I.Q. undergrads on their ability to tune out irreverent stimuli
, like the buzz of an air-conditioner or background chatter at a cocktail party. They then compared these results to a series of metrics that determined each student's level of creativity. Those participants who were classified as "eminent creative achievers" were seven times more likely to be easily distracted.
But there is a catch: A similar study conducted at the University of Toronto
found all the excess stimuli that those who struggle to focus are exposed to only increases creativity if
that person has the ability to separate the information that is useful from what serves no purpose.
OK, so what were we talking about again?