Do you find some certain sounds annoying? Well, you could be a genius!

A study from Northwestern University said that most creative people are easily annoyed by noises such as someone chewing or tapping their fingers. The reason why is that their minds can focus on multiple things at the same time and when they do it, they feel like they’ll go nuts.

This study is being supported by the Telegraph which says that geniuses such as Charles Darwin and Marcel Proust wore earplugs and blocked out the noise in their bedroom while they are working.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU


Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Genius – someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
  2. Annoy – cause minor irritation; sudden outburst of anger
  3. Tap – make a light, repeated taps on a surface
  4. Nuts – Informal or slang term meaning insane or very stupid
  5. Earplugs – a plug of cotton, wax or rubber that is fitted into the ear canal for protection against the entry of water or loud noise


Perspective Exchange:

  1. What kinds of sounds do you think are annoying for you? Why do you think they are annoying?
  2. Do you believe in this article? Why or why not?
  3. What do you do when you are annoyed by a certain sound?