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Arts & Music in Childhood Foster Creativity, Entrepreneurship

Arts & Music in Childhood Foster Creativity, EntrepreneurshipA new Michigan State University research study links childhood participation in arts and crafts activities to patents generated and businesses launched as adults.

In the study, a team of multidisciplinary researchers examined a group of MSU Honors College graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM.

They found of that group, those who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public.

“The most interesting finding was the importance of sustained participation in those activities,” said Rex LaMore, Ph.D., director of MSU’s Center for Community and Economic Development.

“If you started as a young child and continued in your adult years, you’re more likely to be an inventor as measured by the number of patents generated, businesses formed or articles published. And that was something we were surprised to discover.”

Musical training seems to be important. The researchers found 93 percent of the STEM graduates reported musical training at some point in their lives, as compared to only 34 percent of average adults, as reported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The STEM graduates also reported higher-than-average involvement in the visual arts, acting, dance and creative writing.

In addition, those who had been exposed to metal work and electronics during childhood were 42 percent more likely to own a patent than those without exposure, while those involved in architecture were 87.5 percent more likely to form a company.

And children with a photography background were 30 percent more likely to have a patent.

Researchers believe the instruction in art and music stimulates out-of-the-box thinking. In fact, the group reported using artistic skills – such as analogies, playing, intuition and imagination – to solve complex problems.

“The skills you learn from taking things apart and putting them back together translate into how you look at a product and how it can be improved,” said Eileen Roraback, Ph.D.

“And there’s creative writing. In our study, a biologist working in the cancer field, who created a business, said her writing skills helped her to write business plans and win competitions.”

The results of the study could be crucial to rebuilding the U.S. economy, the researchers said.

“Inventors are more likely to create high-growth, high-paying jobs in our state, and that’s the kind of target we think we should be looking for,” LaMore said.

“So we better think about how we support artistic capacity, as well as science and math activity, so that we have these outcomes.”

Source: Michigan State University

 
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Arts & Music in Childhood Foster Creativity, Entrepreneurship

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Arts & Music in Childhood Foster Creativity, Entrepreneurship. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2013/10/24/arts-music-in-childhood-foster-creativity-entrepreneurship/61121.html

 

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