-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Children who participate in
arts and crafts seem more likely to be inventors or start
businesses when they're adults, according to a new study.
Michigan State University researchers looked at the university's
Honors College graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in science,
technology, engineering or mathematics and found that those who
owned businesses or patents received up to eight times more
exposure to the arts during childhood (until age 14) than people in
the general public.
"The most interesting finding was the importance of sustained participation in those activities," Rex LaMore, director of MSU's Center for Community and Economic Development, said in a university news release. "If you started as a young child and continued in your adult years, you're more likely to be an inventor as measured by the number of patents generated, businesses formed or articles published. And that was something we were surprised to discover."
Music training appeared especially important. The researchers
found that 93 percent of the graduates in the study reported
musical training at some point in their lives, compared with 34
percent of adults in the general population. The graduates also had
higher-than-average involvement in the visual arts, acting, dance
and creative writing, according to the study recently published in
Economic Development Quarterly.
The researchers also found that those who were exposed to metal
work and electronics during childhood were 42 percent more likely
to own a patent, while those exposed to photography during
childhood were 30 percent more likely to have a patent. Those
exposed to architecture during childhood were 87.5 percent more
likely to form a company.
An arts and crafts background can stimulate creative thinking
that can help solve complex problems, according to the researchers,
who said their findings could prove valuable in helping to rebuild
the U.S. economy.
"Inventors are more likely to create high-growth, high-paying jobs in our state, and that's the kind of target we think we should be looking for," LaMore said. "So we better think about how we support artistic capacity, as well as science and math activity, so that we have these outcomes."
The Nemours Foundation explains how to introduce
toddlers to music.
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