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Creative Thinkers Literally See The World Differently, Psychologists Discover
By Mikelle Leow, 07 Jun 2017
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Not only do creative people exhibit some highly distinct habits, psychologists have recently discovered in a study that they actually see the world differently from others.
In an article on The Conversation, Australian psychologists Luke Smillie and Anna Antinori said, “…open people don’t just bring a different perspective to things, they genuinely see things differently to the average individual.”
The researchers recently ran a test for openness to experience by asking 79 students to participate in a visual perception phenomenon called ‘binocular rivalry’, where two different images were introduced to an observer at the same time, “such as a red patch for the right eye and a green patch to the left eye.”
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Which color first popped out to you in the picture above? In binocular rivalry studies, people rarely see a fusion of two images at once. “The brains of the averagely gifted alternated between the two images, sometimes deciding that the world must be red and other times that it must be green,” Inc. noted.
Results, however, were remarkably different for students who had previously proven to possess uniquely creative abilities. If you managed to see a combination of two colors at once, it might mean you’re able to discern contradiction and confusion better. It also means you’re highly creative.
The psychologists concluded, “Our findings suggest that the creative tendencies of open people extend all the way down to basic visual perception. Open people may have fundamentally different visual experiences to the average person.”
Do you see what others don’t?
Smillie and Antinori also brought up a famous awareness test called the ‘selective attention’ test.
Watch the video to test your creative awareness before you read on.
Video via Daniel Simons
Did you notice anything odd about the video? If you didn’t see the person in the gorilla costume walking across the screen, you’re not alone. About half of 192 participants in the 1999 study completely missed the “gorilla” and demonstrated what researchers call “inattentional blindness”. A follow-up analysis in 2015 proved that the inability to see the costumed figure was linked to personality.
If, however, you were distracted by the person in the gorilla suit, it means one thing: you’re an open person, which means you’re highly creative and “see the things that others screen out.”
[via Inc. and The Conversation, video via Daniel Simons, images via various sources]
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