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A high level of noise may cause a great deal of distraction, causing individuals to process information to a lesser extent and therefore to exhibit lower creativity. A moderate (vs. low) level of noise, however, is expected to distract people without significantly affecting the extent of processing. Further, we reason that such a moderate distraction, which induces processing difficulty, enhances creativity by prompting abstract thinking.

Why Ditching The Office Could Help You Be More Creative (via fastcompany)

That’s fascinating, and makes a lot of sense as to my work habits.  I tend to work either in coffee shops, if I just feel like I need to be around people even if I don’t want to interact with them, or at home with music playing.  I don’t do well at all in very noisy environments for probably obvious reasons, but I also cannot work in total silence, either.  Just enough ambient sound that I have to go into my internal space a little bit seems the best for my productivity, whereas in a near-silent environment, I’ll go looking for outside distraction.

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