Night owls excel in creativity; age is no obstacle

(This is the last post of 2006 for the Arts of Innovation blog. See you in 2007.) 

In a study of whether night owls or early birds are more creative, two Italian researchers stumbled on a finding that echoes what David Galenson has concluded — aging artists can excel, especially if they take an experimental approach.”Our study supports the notion that creative characteristics persist in aged people,” wrote Marina Giampietro and G.M. Cavallera of the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, as reported by

(By the way, they also found that night owls tend to be more creative than early birds.)

For more information about David Galenson and experimental vs. conceptual approaches to innovation, see


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