Beer may help overcome creative block, says study

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 09 August 2017, 01:47 PM

Do you want to boost your creative skills, then here is study result for you which says that drinking a pint of beer may trigger productivity and help you think out of the box for your artistic tasks. Scientists from the University of Graz in Austria found that people performed better in a range of creative tasks after drinking a moderate amount of alcohol.

In one-word association test, a pint of beer for men, or around 350 milliliters (ml) for women, increased test scores by around 40 per cent. In the test, participants were given three words and asked to think of a word that can be connected to each - for example, the word 'pit' can be attached to 'peach', 'arm' and tar'.

Researchers believe that alcohol helps remove parameters which surround a problem, allowing more creative thought. But drinking it decreased'executive function'. This may impede tasks that require motor skills, such as painting or dancing.

"Anecdotal reports link alcohol intoxication to creativity," Mathias Benedek, from the University of Gras, was quoted as saying by 'The Telegraph'. "Alcohol impaired executive control, but improved performance in the Remote Associates Test," said Benedek, lead author of the research was published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.

"Beneficial effects are likely restricted to very modest amounts of alcohol, whereas excessive alcohol consumption typically impairs creative productivity," he said.

The new research was published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition. 

First Published: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 01:33 PM
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