Do you find yourself overflowing with bright ideas whilst cruising down the highway alone in your car? Well, that’s because when dopamine is released into our brains from habitual or instinctive distractions, such as driving a car, we are more able to allow our brains to be creative!
According to a recent study, comfortable seating, natural light and the absence of noise are the most crucial factors in encouraging creative thought.
The report, carried out by Land Rover with organisational psychologist Sir Cary Cooper and the Institute of Directors, surveyed over 900 global CEOs, directors and high-level managers to assess the optimum environment for inspiring creative ideas.
It found that 84% of business leaders believe their environment is important for enabling creative thought. Beyond the top 3 physical factors, respondents listed fresh air (23%), a feeling of space (18%) and natural materials (wood, leather etc.) (5%) as being vital for a creative environment, whilst being in comfort (64%), having time to think (61%) and not feeling stressed (41%) were seen as the required psychological conditions for having the best ideas.
In line with these findings, the home was reported to be the most effective place for being creative – away from the stress and distraction of the office – while one in five executives said they have their best ideas in the car.
For those who are working in the car, the most common activity is creative thought, as they use the respite of a journey to relax and reflect inwardly.
“The findings of this study suggest that cars present an opportunity for both the right psychological and the right physical conditions for creativity,” says Sir Cary Cooper. “Creative thoughts will often come to us at a time when we least expect them – when we are relaxed or not thinking about a problem. Experiments have shown that when dopamine is released into our brains from habitual or instinctive distractions, such as driving a car, we are more able to allow our brains to be creative.”
(NB: Be that as it may, we strongly advise against doing any actual work other than DRIVING while at the wheel of a moving vehicle! And yes that includes texting, chatting and surfing the web. Remember, good drivers just DRIVE. – Ed.)
Source: Land Rover