The Truth About Caffeine and Creativity (The Atlantic)

Caffeine junkies have thought of every way to get their daily fix, whether it’s a classic espresso, caffeinated hot sauce or energy drinks appropriately labeled “Rocket Fuel.” Caffeine’s social acceptance and widespread use may be just the reason people are especially startled and allured by news articles with titles such as, “Is Caffeine Making You Crazy?”, “Caffeine: The Anti-Cancer Wonder Drug,” or “How Caffeine Can Cramp Creativity” — a recent article published in The New York Times. Some worry that, since caffeine makes us more focused and productive, we are consequently less likely to think outside the box. But fear not; your creativity is safe. The Atlantic explains just how caffeine affects our physiology and how it helps — not hinders — your ability to brainstorm creatively.

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