The diagnosis might explain his chronic procrastination, his inability to finish projects and his rampant physical and mental restlessness.
Not only did the researchers discover that music fails to inspire more imaginative thinking, they found that it has the opposite effect — it “consistently disrupts creative performance in insight problems.”
Yale’s Christa Taylor conducted a meta-analysis (an analysis of all the previous studies on the topic) for each of three approaches to the question.
Interestingly, the study also found that music — of any kind — has no effect on people’s ability to perform problem-solving cognitive tasks.
Lord Byron’s vision of the “tortured artist” — the belief that there is a strong link between creativity and mental illness — is deeply embedded in our culture.