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Dim The Lights, But Up The Noise

If you're working on an assignment that requires you to think creatively, switch off your desk lamp and lose your noise-canceling headphones. One 2013 study discovered that subjects became better problem solvers in dimly lit work spaces, while a report in the Journal of Consumer Research found that when people were surrounded by moderate amounts of ambient noise, they were able to generate more innovative ideas than those who worked in quieter spaces.