Creative genius driven by distraction

The literary great Marcel Proust wore ear-stoppers because he was unable to filter out irrelevant noise — and lined his bedroom with cork to attenuate sound. Now new Northwestern University research suggests why the inability to shut out competing sensory information while focusing on the creative project at hand might have been so acute for geniuses such as Proust, Franz Kafka, Charles Darwin, Anton Chekhov and many others. [It] provides the first physiological evidence that real-world creativity may be associated with a reduced ability to filter “irrelevant” sensory information.


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Hilary Hurd Anyaso (Northwestern University)| Creative genius driven by distraction

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