01 Junio 2017 16:18
According to scientists, they process what their eyes capture differently to other people
Some people see a broken tennis racket as a piece of rubbish to be thrown out; while others see a chance to make, for example, an original mirror. Creative people are capable of turning an old cheese grater into a glowing lamp shade.
And if, like so many of us, you’ve ever wondered, ‘how the hell do they do that?’, science has just revealed that it’s because creative people literally see the world in a different way.
Divergent thinking, the capacity to see outside of the box and create, is often triggered by a personality trait known as openness to experience; a restlessness and curiosity to explore your internal and external world. Although it’s a known fact that creative people can offer us new perspectives, researchers at the University of Melbourne wanted to verify if, biologically, they saw things differently from other people.
And it appears they do. They apparently have the gift of mixed perception.
As a general rule, if you hold up a red image in front of one eye and a green one in front of the other, your brain is only capable of perceiving one, which it focuses on, before visualising the other. It then alternates: red, green, red, green. But in this visual perception test, known as binocular rivalry, creative people see a fused combination of the images. They are aware of both of them at once.
We’d like to challenge you to the second test that the 192 young participants had to undergo. Hit play on the video and count how many times these players pass the ball - without making any mistakes, mind.
It may seem blatantly obvious to you, but 50% of participants did not see the gorilla wandering across the screen. This is an unintentional blindness that essentially amounts to not seeing what is right under your nose. People with less openness to experience have a tendency to overlook the gorilla strolling through.
However, if you turn out to be a little on the uncreative side, don’t worry. There is growing evidence that personality is potentially malleable. There’s no need to experiment with psychedelic substances to hallucinate or see things differently. According to a study published in the
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, travelling can also mould your mind.