Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tend to be more innovative and creative in fields such as marketing, product design, technology, and computer engineering, a University of Michigan study revealed.
“The creative products of people with ADHD can be more innovative than the creations of peers who don’t have the condition,” the new study reports.
This disorder, which is usually diagnosed in childhood, tends to be more complicated than previously estimated, as new research shows that ADHD makes adults more likely to respond creatively, as the University of Michigan researchers said in a statement.
Holly White, a researcher in the UM’s Department of Psychology, who conducted a study on a group of university students with and without ADHD. She found that adults with learning and attention difficulties are capable of performing creative tasks that could help them at work even better than healthy people.
Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are more creative than healthy people
Among the activities the subjects needed to accomplish, there was the creation of labels for new products. The group of adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) created labels that were unique and less similar to the examples provided by the scientists, in comparison to the group without this condition, who performed poorly.
The researcher said the results suggest that people with ADHD condition can be more flexible in tasks that require creating something new and are less likely to build on previous examples and knowledge.
“As a result, the creative products of people with ADHD may be more innovative, relative to the creations of peers who don’t have it,” Holly White stated.
The researcher explained that the results of this study might have more implications for creative design and problem-solving in the real world when the goal is to create or invent something new without being limited by previous examples and knowledge.