“Imaginative minds have long appreciated the power of dim lighting. New research confirms that when the lights switch off, something in the brain switches on. Psychologists Anna Steidel and Lioba Werth recently conducted a series of clever experiments designed to measure how creativity responded to various lighting schemes.
“Apparently, darkness triggers a chain of interrelated processes, including a cognitive processing style, which is beneficial to creativity”, the researchers concluded in the September issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology.
A well-designed workspace must adapt to what you’re working on. Steidel suggests a flexible lighting situation for all the tasks one might perform during the day: dim areas for creative brainstorming sessions and bright ones for administrative chores. After all, great ideas might arrive in the darkness, but a lot of other work is needed to help them see the light of day.”
Eric Jaffe writes about cities, history, and behavioral science