A recent study performed at the University of Minnesota reveals that the height of the ceiling may affect one's problem-solving skills and behavior.
There's always something new to think about. For example, my friend Wilfried – who hangs his hat in the Netherlands – just sent me a link to an interesting story on SlashDot about how the height of the ceiling in the room you're in might affect how you think.
Tracing the story back from link-to-link, I ended up on the LiveScience website. Apparently, a recent study performed at the University of Minnesota reveals that the height of the ceiling may affect one's problem-solving skills and behavior.
It seems that, when performing tests in a room with a 10-foot ceiling, the test subjects exhibited "freer, more abstract thinking". By comparison, subjects in a room with a measly 8-foot ceiling were "more likely to focus on specifics".
There's a lot more to this, but it was the quote at the end that made a shiver roll up and down my spine and the hairs on the back of my neck stand quivering at attention:
"Managers should want noticeably higher ceilings for thinking of bold initiatives; technicians and accountants might want low ceilings."
This makes my mind reel. There are so many points here that demand attention. "Managers thinking bold initiatives"? Mayhap this is a new type of manager with whom I'm thus far unacquainted. And how can one group technicians and accountants in the same breath? Technicians (and, by extension, engineers) are all incredibly nice, kind, brave, noble, intelligent, and amazingly good looking (I could go on like this for hours) ... by comparison ... I'm sorry, I just lost my train of thought ...
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