View Full Version : Messy desk = more creative


Fortune
09-24-13, 04:36 AM
An article here about it (http://www.news.com.au/business/scientific-proof-that-creative-people-have-messy-desks/story-e6frfm1i-1226723407351).

Here's the actual study (http://pss.sagepub.com/content/24/9/1860).

Order and disorder are prevalent in both nature and culture, which suggests that each environ confers advantages for different outcomes. Three experiments tested the novel hypotheses that orderly environments lead people toward tradition and convention, whereas disorderly environments encourage breaking with tradition and convention—and that both settings can alter preferences, choice, and behavior.

Experiment 1 showed that relative to participants in a disorderly room, participants in an orderly room chose healthier snacks and donated more money. Experiment 2 showed that participants in a disorderly room were more creative than participants in an orderly room.

Experiment 3 showed a predicted crossover effect: Participants in an orderly room preferred an option labeled as classic, but those in a disorderly room preferred an option labeled as new. Whereas prior research on physical settings has shown that orderly settings encourage better behavior than disorderly ones, the current research tells a nuanced story of how different environments suit different outcomes.

dvdnvwls
09-24-13, 05:39 AM
Is there a "law of diminishing returns" involved here? Example: If I can't find the desk anymore, is it still a messy desk, or does it become qualitatively different? :)

Fortune
09-24-13, 07:23 PM
That is a good question!

Abi
09-24-13, 07:27 PM
I have THREE messy desks, side by side.

See my vid on the fun day thread.

I also have mess UNDER the desks :)

Fortune
09-24-13, 08:11 PM
Abi, that means you have the creativity of three creative men!

BellaVita
09-24-13, 08:25 PM
I have THREE messy desks, side by side.

See my vid on the fun day thread.

I also have mess UNDER the desks :)

No wonder you're such a great writer...