Hate Loud Chewing Noises? You Might Be a Creative Genius

Does the sound of someone chewing make you want to punch through a wall? Have you almost walked out of a movie theater because the person eating popcorn next to you sounded more like a horse than a human? If you said yes to these, you're probably a creative genius, according to study from Northwestern University. 
The study confirms what those of us who hate loud chewing have known for a long time: That we're smarter (and have better manners) than those who chomp chips like there's no tomorrow. 

Researchers surveyed 100 participants before drawing their conclusions. They monitored how participants reacted to a number of noises, and then asked them to complete a Creative Achievement Questionnaire. The study found that the participants' "answers revealed a strong link between those with the most creative answers and achievements and those sensitive to background noise." 

According to the Telegraph, the study also looked into the habits of "creative geniuses such as Charles Darwin, Anton Chekhov and novelist Marcel Proust" who each had aversions to background noises. Proust, they wrote, went so far as to cover "his bedroom with cork to block out noise whilst he worked." 

"The propensity to filter out `irrelevant' sensory information ... happens early and involuntarily in brain processing and may help people integrate ideas that are outside the focus of attention, leading to creativity in the real world," Darya Zabelina told the Telegraph

So, the next time someone is chewing loudly and you're about to snap, just remind yourself that you're a creative genius and they're not. 
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