If distractible people are creative then I must be a creative genius

Tuesday, 21 September, 2010

Is it possible that people who are easily distracted tend to be more creative than those who are highly focused?

A lack of latent inhibition, or the ability to filter out potential sources of distraction, can in fact be conducive to absorbing greater quantities of information and stimuli, thus giving apparently highly distractible people more thoughts and ideas to work with, potentially making them more creative as a result.

The association between creativity and open-mindedness has long been recognized, and what’s more open-minded than distractability? People with low latent inhibition are literally unable to close their mind, to keep the spotlight of attention from drifting off to the far corners of the stage. The end result is that they can’t help but consider the unexpected.

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