From: Minnesota Public Radio

Study: Messy desks get creative juices flowing

Minnesota Public Radio:

New research shows that the decisions you make and your creativity are influenced by the relative neatness of your workspace.

Kathleen Vohs, a psychological scientist and professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota said the subject first got her attention after she moved to another building during her work on her PhD.


Vohs said the change of location to new, modern office space, seemed to prompt changes in her test subjects. She researched the phenomenon and found that desk tidiness affects work. Vohs and her fellow researchers set up a laboratory with a workspace that was either clean or messy, then had subjects sit down and perform some specified tasks.

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