Adults with ADHD Tend to Excel at Creative Originality https://t.co/hqE42CkjXa
Study author Dr. Holly White, a researcher in the U-M Department of Psychology, said many individuals with ADHD are inclined to resist conformity and the usual way of doing things, and this can work to their advantage in fields that value innovative and nontraditional approaches such as marketing, product design, technology and computer engineering.
The study compared a group of college students with ADHD to those without the disorder on tasks of creativity. The imagination task, called the “alien fruit” invention task, involved creating an example of a fictional fruit that might exist on another planet but is different from a fruit known to exist on Earth.
In doing this task, non-ADHD participants often modeled their creations after specific common fruits, such as an apple or strawberry. Those creations were less innovative, said White. Participants with ADHD, on the other hand, were more likely to create totally original alien fruits that differed significantly from typical fruits on Earth.
The second task required participants to create labels for new products in three categories without copying the examples provided. The ADHD group created labels that were more unique and less similar to the examples provided, compared to the non-ADHD group.