The next time you get upset because someone around you is chewing loudly, you may be comforted by the fact that it may mean that you are a true genius.
A new study from US Northwestern University has shown that the inability to eliminate less relevant sensory information often occurs in people who are highly creative.
Among them are creative geniuses such as Charles Darwin, Anton Chekhov, and Marcel Proust, who is known to have worn earplugs and lined the entire room with cork to block out all sounds while working.
- The ability to extract “irrelevant” sensory information occurs very early and unwillingly in brain processes and can help integrate ideas that are beyond the focus of attention, further leading to creativity in the real world – explained Darja Zabelina, author of the study.
The survey involved 100 people who had to provide as many answers as possible in a few unlikely scenarios within a given timeframe. Participants then completed a Creative Achievement Questionnaire, recording their achievements in 10 categories including visual arts, creative writing, scientific breakthroughs, and culinary arts.
Their responses revealed a strong correlation between those who had the most creative responses and accomplishments and those who could not rule out background noise while working.
Now, you know. Next time someone starts chewing loudly on the table, don’t get upset but enjoy the fact that you’re probably a genius!