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Psychology Roundup

April 8, 2011

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may be linked to creativity.



ADHD and creativity. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Eckerd College gave sixty college students a battery of tests measuring creativity. Half of the students had been diagnosed with ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The ADHD students performed better in all of ten domains of creativity measured. The researchers noted that the ADHD students were more open to non-obvious solutions to problems.

In other psychology news, Yale researchers report that human prejudice against outsiders may have roots in our primate ancestors. The scientists found that macaque monkeys who were shown photographs of monkeys from outside of their group viewed the outsiders more suspiciously and associated them with negative things, like spiders, more than with positive things, like food. They note that ancient roots of prejudice could be a reason it is so difficult to change. I’m Bob Hirshon for AAAS, the Science Society.