Studies have found a strong correlation between a person’s imagination abilities and their overall level of creativity. The skill to imagine concepts beyond present reality is the reason for this connected relationship. Experts believe that those of us who can think of distant events in future tend to have the same career success as non-creative employees, but had a better imagination, leading to more success within creative endeavors. So, if you want to be creative, it may benefit you to escape from the present, and explore your imagination.
- One study showed that more creative people were better able to imagine the world 500 years from now.
- A second study found that creative professionals exhibited greater distal imagination.
- A third study discovered that creative experts used their dorsal medial default network when imagining the distant future, and non-experts didn’t.
“Surprisingly, creative experts use a totally different part of the brain to think beyond the present, in comparison to less creative people.”