Science Has Announced That People Who Hate the Sound of Chewing Have a Special Quality
Loud chewers are THE WORST, but if you're noticing people's disgusting chewing habits, there may be a bright side - you're sort of a creative genius.
It drives you nuts that other people don't seem to notice those icky sounds of food swishing around in their mouths. The sound is literally like nails on a chalkboard to you.
The study, published in Neuropsychologia in March 2015, asked 97 participants to fill out a Creative Achievement Questionnaire and complete a divergent thinking test to assess creative cognition.
It also observed the habits of "creative geniuses" like Charles Darwin, Anton Chekhov and novelist Marcel Proust who had aversions to background noises.
“The propensity to filter out ‘irrelevant’ sensory information … happens early and involuntarily in brain processing and may help people integrate ideas that are outside the focus of attention, leading to creativity in the real world,” lead author of the study,Darya Zabelina, told the Telegraph.