Does Ceiling Height Affect Creativity?

by CHENG Sue Yan

Ceiling height may affect the ability of a wordsmith or an art creator to think creatively. For example, if you are writing an article, the height of the space in which you are in may affect the outcome of your work directly. If you are writing an article about freedom, you should probably go to a room with a high ceiling to complete your work. On the other hand, if you are writing an article about limitation or restriction, then a space with a low ceiling is more conducive to getting your work done.

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In fact, this is proven by research!

Joan Meyers-Levy and Juliet Zhu, Professors of Marketing at University of Minnesota, believe that ceiling height can have a priming effect. High ceilings foster diverse and creative thinking while low ceilings tend to restrain creativity.

In other words, a spacious area with a high ceiling encourages people to let their imagination run wild and improves brain performance. A small space with a low ceiling may constrain imagination, and it is more suitable for carrying out tasks that require attention to detail.

To put it in a nutshell, creativity and imagination flourish better when you are in a high-ceiling space than in a low-ceiling space. Have you ever experienced similar situations? From now on, you may consider choosing the appropriate space to build your creation based on the nature of the task.

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