Published: 26 August 2016
It’s the bullet proof excuse office slobs have been waiting for. “I’m not messy, I’m just creative”.
Well, that’s the line provided by new research published in the journal for the American Association for Psychological Science.
The run is… if you’re work space is crowded, stacked with towers of paper teetering on collapse, sitting atop a kaleidoscope of scribbles and random numbers written down on the twenty plus notepads that are always within reach, then it may encourage creative thinking.
However, on the other side of the coin, the “clean freaks” far from being sterile, clinical, and boring, may in fact be generous, more prone to practicing healthy living, while thinking conventionally.
The study was carried out on a number of participants, asked to complete tasks in either a clean, or messy environments. At the end, they were asked if they would like to give money to charity, and also if they’d like to take an apple or chocolate bar.
At the end of the exercise, while both groups completed their set tasks, judges found that work produced in the messy room was far more creative and displayed ‘out of the box’ thinking.
And, those in the clean room were more inclined to donate and take the apple.
The research, spearheaded by psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs, at the University of Minnesota found that “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.”