Messy desk? Study explains what that says about you

Messy desk? Study explains what that says about you

Messy desk? Study explains what that says about you

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by TERESA BLACKMAN / KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 1:40 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Researchers at the University of Minnesota conducting a study about order and disorder found that people with messy desks tend to be more creative.

The students participating in the study who had messy rooms and desks came up with more original ideas and showed a sense of breaking from tradition or thinking outside the box.

The study also indicated that people with clean desks made healthier food choices, donated more to charity and tended to lean toward traditional solutions.

Researchers concluded that the human mind likes order, rules, and tradition. Yet disorder, unruliness, and unconventionality also lead to enhanced creativity and an appreciation for novelty.

More: Read complete 'Order & Disorder' study

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