The peak age of creativity depends on the type of work you are working on
Many people think that creativity to come up with groundbreaking things is a privilege of young people. However, a 2019 study that analyzed the careers of Nobel laureates has led to a new theory that 'the peak age of creativity depends on the type of work you work on.'
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Creativity is not just for the young, study finds
The new theories about creativity were proposed by Bruce Weinberg, who studies economics at Ohio State University, and David Garenson , who studies economics at the University of Chicago. They collected the backgrounds of 31 Nobel laureates in economics and analyzed the peak age of creativity in economics.
First, they classify Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences into 'experimental economists' who emphasize reasoning from facts and 'conceptual economists' who emphasize mathematical theory. Furthermore, based on the number of citations of the research papers published by the award winners, 'the time when the award winners were doing research that affects economics' was determined.
In the graph below, the graph on the left is the analysis result of an experimental economist, the graph on the right is the analysis result of a conceptual economist, the horizontal axis shows the age, and the vertical axis shows the degree of influence on economics. If you look at the graph, you can see that experimental economists have a great influence on economics around the age of 50-57, and conceptual economists have a great influence on economics around the age of 25-29.
From the above results, they conclude that the peak age of creativity depends on the nature of the research the scholars undertake. 'Our research results suggest that people's creativity depends on how they approach their work,' Weinberg said.
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