Findings In The Original Study

Thirty-six first-year medical students at UPENN were used in a study to determine how training impacted the ability to recall certain information. Both groups were taken to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where one group was given custom lessons and exercises and the other was free to roam as they pleased.

To no surprise, the group that was given lessons on what and how to observe the art was able to retain and relay more information at the end. But, the study tells us more than just how to develop observational skills.

Exploring Eye-Opening Experiences

As the results came in, researchers discovered detailed information on retinal scans, but what they really walked away with is the idea that having hobbies outside of your everyday work is another way of growing a creative mind.

Through this study and what researchers call “The Temin Effect,” hobbies people partake in while off-the-clock aren’t just distractions, but rather a powerful tool in learning to think outside the box and make groundbreaking discoveries.

Going From Average To Extraordinary

In the case of this study, studying art and observation taught these medical students a way to look at science from another perspective. Research has shown that Nobel Prize-winning scientists have more hobbies than the average scientist.

In addition, you can link this to more than just hobbies. Taking off time from work can help you grow from ordinary to extraordinary. A recent study by an HR platform showed that most top-performers use more vacation time than some of the employees who aren’t performing as well.

The moral of the story is this— do something new, think differently, and find ways to continue learning, and you’ll ultimately increase your ability to perform every day.