Posted: 10 March, 2015
by Web Girl Marley
Hate Noisy Eaters? Guess What? You Might Be A Genius!
Ever sat silently at a table giving not-so-subtle daggers to your family/workmates/friends as they noisily chew their food?
Well turns out you could be a genius!
A new study from Northwestern University (seriously WHO chooses these studies?!) suggests that the inability to filter out ‘competing sensory information is a common occurrence with the creatively talented’.
The study mentions geniuses such as Charles Darwin, Anton Chekhov and novelist Marcel Proust – who was famous for plugging his ears and lining his bedroom with cord to block out all noise when he worked.
Lead author of the study, Darya Zavekina revealed, “The propensity to filter out 'irrelevant' sensory information....happens early and involuntarily in brain processing and may help people integrate ideas that are outside the focus of attention, leading to creativity in the real world."
The study called on 100 participants to take a ‘Creative Achievement Questionnaire’ where they reported their creative achievements across 10 verticals, including: visual arts, creative writing, scientific discovery and culinary arts.
Their answers revealed a strong link between those with the most creative answers and achievements and those sensitive to background noise whilst working.
So there you go guys!