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Caffeine is not directly related to increased creativity.
- March 15, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Many people readily believe the myth that the systematic consumption of caffeine can make them more creative and rich in various new ideas. However, a new study from neurophysiologists from the University of Arkansas in the USA regarding this demonstrated that caffeine is not only not useful for a creative type of thinking, but can also directly affect it – for this, experts used concepts and concepts of thinking from modern logical and neuroscience, thereby once again confirming the relationship between different types of thinking and the ability to become more or less creative.
They collected a total of 80 people of different ages, sexes and occupations, and divided them into two equal groups – the first received 200 mg of caffeine in one session of brain activity, and the second only a placebo. The experiment lasted two weeks and during each session, participants were asked to solve different problems that should involve both divergent and convergent thinking. The first type of thinking is precisely connected with creativity, allowing you to go beyond the framework of established rules and moments, and the second is responsible for the ability to focus on solving a particular problem within the existing limitations.
After conducting the preliminary and final stage of the experiment in a consistent way, the scientists found that caffeine actually helps to improve more precisely convergent, that is, “frame” thinking, as opposed to creative – the results were duplicated with the placebo group and it turned out that they can demonstrate the same level of creativity in performing the same tasks for a limited period of time.
So we can say that caffeine, with all its obvious benefits of influencing the brain in the form of improved concentration and the ability to focus on details better, nevertheless, cannot become something like a magic pill to enhance the creativity of an individual. The experts who conducted the test, among other things, also referred to similar experiments conducted earlier for the same purpose and with the same effective characteristics.