Re: Want To Be Smarter?
Thanks for this, Dave. I think this is an idea most of us have heard about now and again, or thought about intrinsically - being creative is good for your intellect - but it's nice to have some research, facts, and specifity attached to it for a change. After all, it's sort of the case here that people can use their personal beliefs to enact a self-fulfilling prophecy. "I'm smart because I'm creative, and I'm creative because I'm smart." That doesn't really tell us all that much, does it? A real study with some real (re: failable) criteria attached to it is a different beast entirely - and I am glad to see that creativity scored pretty highly in the end.
Still, I wonder how great of advice this is on it's own, especially to someone specifically going into a STEM field. As others have pointed out, each of these three studies individually doesn't necessarily tell us much that isn't obvious. Likewise, it's tricky to correlate any one of them to one specific benefit - the example you give about underpriviliged children needing to study in noisy places is a good thought, but scientifically seems a little spotty. I think the value here is the three combined, and what they mean together - building any of these skills (or, lots of other creative ones not listed here) makes a solid foundation for students... and now we have the science to prove it.