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Creativity and Psychoses
Psychology Posted by on Tuesday September 30, @11:46PM
from the ying-and-yang dept.
Jordan Peterson and Shelley Carson have made a link between creativity and psychoses. Their recent research shows that creative people are more likely to have low levels of latent inhibition -- the unconscious ability to screen out irrelevant environmental information. Previously, low levels of latent inhibition were characterized as the inability to filter out stimuli and were associated with psychoses.

"This means that creative individuals remain in contact with the extra information constantly streaming in from the environment," says co-author and U of T psychology professor Jordan Peterson. "The normal person classifies an object, and then forgets about it, even though that object is much more complex and interesting than he or she thinks. The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities."

This University of Toronto press release has the whole story.

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