Well, you probably intuitively know that, but now the behavioral scientists have done some empirical studies to prove that high ceilings boost creativity. Maybe that's why I love our home and my office here in Ajijic: the ceilings and windows go up 18 feet in some rooms.
Here's an interesting recap of the scientific research from Scientific American Mind magazine and the Neuromarketing blog (which I highly recommend you subscribe to if you're interested in how your brain works).
Emily Anthes of Scientific American Mind has written an excellent
survey of recent research in the field, How Room Designs Affect Your
Work and Mood. Scientists are unearthing tantalizing clues about how to design spaces that promote creativity, keep people focused and alert, and lead to relaxation and social intimacy.
In an post called Neuroarchitecture Gets More Attention , Roger Dooley makes the case for neuroarchitecture and talks about how higher ceilings produce more creative thinkers.
Research also shows that more green space and natural views help concentration. Here's the view from my desk:
I have to add one more thing to an office that boosts creativity: walking around space. Studies also show that movement helps people think. I even have a stationery bike next to my desk that I use for reading books while pedaling…
What steps have you taken to make your writing space more conducive to creative thinking?