Life: Scientists proof Ballmer Peak – moderate intoxication helps creativity

A group of scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago have shown that moderate consumption of Alcohol may boost creativity. Within their study they compared the performance of sober and drunk volunteers (0.075 blood alcohol level) with tests known as remote associate tests that people often solve with a moment of insight. The results showed that the tipsy volunteers not only solved substantially more (30%) of the tests they also solved them quicker.

There is lots of anecdotal evidence that intoxication might enhance creativity, but writers like E.A. Poe, Hemingway, musicians like Beethoven or even the recently died Amy Winehouse or Whitney Houston showed that it often also ends in tragedy.

Research has so far not tested if alcohol intoxication enhances the creative potential of people while some professional groups have empirical knowledge on this from their day-to-day practice.

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The group of scientists and researchers around Professor Jenny Wiley from UIC are one of the first providing proof that creative problem solving may benefit from a more diffuse attentional state.

While long been thought that intoxication could free creative potential of individuals, they showed that moderate intoxication could be one way to to turn people into such a state of being more conductive to creative thinking. They consider their study only as a first step and we are certain that they will not have problems finding volunteers for a broader sample or long-term study of the topic.

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