By David Futrelle
A (…) new study suggests that moderate background noise is a better spur to innovative thinking than the sound of silence.
If you’re looking for a creative solution to some problem at work, don’t retreat into a chamber of solitude (or an office with the door closed) (…). Instead, head to the nearest café – hopefully, one where people are chatting and the baristas are busily (…) making cappuccinos and frappuccinos and generally making some noise. (…)
“For individuals looking for creative solutions to daily problems, such as planning a dinner menu based on limited supplies (…), our findings imply that instead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking out of one’s comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment (such as a cafe) may trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas”. (…)
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Do you like noisy places? What kind of noise do you like and what do you dislike?
2. What places should be, in your opinion, kept rather quiet? Trains? Offices? … Why?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.