Endlessly Distracted? Blame Your Own Creative Genius

March 9, 2015 12:24 PM

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Endlessly Distracted? Blame Your Own Creative Genius

Endlessly distracted by the sounds of your open office? Blame your own creative genius. A new study from Northwestern University psychologists finds that creative brains have a harder time filtering out unnecessary sensory stimulation, like excess noise.

The study's subjects filled out a questionnaire regarding their creative achievements in the fields of art, dance, music, architecture, creative writing, humor, scientific invention, and more. The researchers measured their "sensory gating"—the neurological process of filtering irrelevant environmen...

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