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Creativity of the Muse?

This story has done the rounds in some media sources but worthwhile reproducing here.

The Green Muse has often been cited as a source of creativity – but is there anything to it?

A tantalizing clue has emerged, not with the constituents of absinthe itself but certainly in terms of the virtues of alcohol as a source of creativity.

Psychologists at the University of Illinois set 40 young men a series of brain teasers known as RAT tests (Remote Associates Test).   When compared to the sober group, the men solved their problems quicker and were more likely to have unprompted insight to solutions.

Our boozy advocating boffins say that it is likely the alcohol relaxes individuals and as a result their brain is able to take in the grand scheme more effectively.

The Journal of Consciousness and Cognition is the original source of the research, the published paper available here, “Uncorking the Muse: Alcohol Intoxication facilitates creative problem solving” but requiring subscription.

Posted by Jonathan on Apr 29th 2012 | Filed in Culture,History,Huh?,News | Comments (0)