Researchers have studied something new that suggests that age is really, just a number when it comes to a creative mind.
A new study on Nobel Laureates in Economics revealed that there exists two life cycles of creativity, one of which strikes people at an early stage in their careers while the other comes later in life.
“Many people believe that creativity is exclusively associated with youth, but it really depends on what kind of creativity you’re talking about,” said Bruce Weinberg, lead author of the study published in Journal De Economist.The study came up with the fact that the first peak of creativity is at the mid-20s while the other is at mid-50s.
The researchers took some 31 laureates and arranged them according to the most experimental to the most conceptual. Conceptual innovators “think outside the box,” challenging the conventional norms and tend to provide new ideas at any point of time. Conceptual innovators usually reach heights earlier in their careers, Weinberg said. On the other hand, experimental innovators accumulate knowledge through their experiences and find breakthrough ways to analyze, interpret and synthesize information into new ways of understanding.
In the study, the Nobel laureates who executed their most groundbreaking work early in their career tended to be conceptual innovators. The extended periods of trial and mistakes required for important experimental innovations made them occur late in a Nobel laureate’s career.
“Whether you hit your creative peak early or late in your career depends on whether you have a conceptual or experimental approach,” Weinberg said.Later, the researchers looked for the age of the laureates when they made their contributions to economics. They found that conceptual laureates peaked at about either 29 or 25 years of age. Experimental laureates reached the peak when they were almost twice as old – at about 57 in one method or the mid-50s in the other.
“These studies attribute differences in creative peaks to the nature of the scientific fields themselves, not to the scientists doing the work,” Weinberg said.
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