Autistic children seem to be living in a world of their own, where the universal laws of nature appear different or rather far from our realm of understanding. They often see things that the “healthy” eye cannot see, they perceive reality differently, they often develop obsessions for random things, they are either madly ecstatic or hysterical, they are fascinating, misunderstood, contemplative, hyper-active, highly intelligent and misanthropes most of the times. A lot can be said about autistic children but above all, autistic children are extremely creative.
People with autism display higher levels of creativity, a new study suggests. Individuals with the developmental conditions are far more likely to come up with unique answers to creative problems despite their socially crippling traits. One reason might be that they always approach things from a different perspective, a unique perspective which only belongs to them.
A team of scientists has embarked on a mission to analyze more than 312 people and see how they respond to certain challenges that need a creative approach. The results were a measure of a single aspect of the creative process and they revealed an important link between autistic traits and authentic ideas.
Participants who were medically diagnosed as autistic as well as those who possessed particular traits linked to autism even if they had not been diagnosed with the condition gave fewer but much more unusual responses compared with completely healthy people.
One of the researchers commented upon the fact that people with autistic traits use more effortful methods to offer good, efficient answers to divergent thinking tasks, which are not based on obvious word associations or common uses for similar items. This could be one of the reasons why they come up with fewer but better responses.
This is a highly interesting finding, the more so autistic individuals find it hard to integrate in certain environments, if not merely most of the environments they are exposed to. It may be high time for the creative industries to lean their attention on people with learning skills and give them a chance to express their potential. Creative industries are always in need for fresh perspectives over the challenges they release, so one thing couldn’t better lead to another.
The fact that autism along with general learning disorders are linked to creative thinking could open a new path to understanding and involving people in fields that are extremely dynamic and versatile.
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