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If office noise is such a problem, why don’t noisy coffee shops, airports, or co-working spaces bother us?
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If office noise is such a problem, why don’t noisy coffee shops, airports, or co-working spaces bother us?

"The problem may be that, in our offices, we can’t stop ourselves from getting drawn into others’ conversations or from being interrupted while we’re trying to focus. Indeed, the EEG researchers found that face-to-face interactions, conversations, and other disruptions negatively affect the creative process."

Source: hbr.org

This HBR article suggests the problem with noisy offices is more a matter of who's making the noise than how loud it is. Recent brain science suggests just the right amount of noise (i.e. coffee shop level) may enhance creativity.


Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity
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Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity

"The creative impulse, writes Wilson, did not spring into life 10,000 years ago as some suggest, but dates back more than 100,000 years, to the birth of modern humans. A tripling of brain size over the 3 million years before that had endowed Homo sapiens with increased social intelligence and empathy, paving the way for symbolic language. "

Source: www.nature.com

This round-up of three books (all published this year) suggests creativity may be the result of a "restless brain bored by monotonous input." Novelty may light up our curiosity, but sparks may also come from exposure to complexity, uncertainty, and conflict. 


Creativity in teams isn’t about IQ, it’s about psychological safety and trust
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Creativity in teams isn’t about IQ, it’s about psychological safety and trust

"When you don’t feel psychology safe within your workplace, a team’s success rate drastically diminishes. Individuals are afraid to ask questions or challenge dominant group-think."

Source: qz.com

The article cites a study by Google showing the most successful teams were the ones with a sense of psychological safety. This factor trumped high collective IQ by a large margin.