Interruptions Hinder Creativity

October 25, 2013

Research on the effects of task switching on creativity tests by Roda, Stojanov, and Kianfar found that interruptions and “multi-tasking” hinder creativity and do not improve creativity.
Because the ability to “multi-task” is considered desirable in our culture, we can see yet another reason why creativity is on the decline.
If you find yourself frustrated with a child who has difficulty multi-tasking or task-switching, it may be interesting to help him/her explore his/her creative potential by creating an interruption-free environment on a more regular basis. Also, when doing creative activities with children, it may be helpful to turn off screens, phones, etc, and provide ample time to get deeply involved in the activity in order for the child to get the most benefit possible.

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