Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

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Mikael Cho, Co-Founder of @ooomf, takes advantage of a ban on drinking water in Montreal to test out coffee versus beer in the creativity stakes, writing at Medium:

What is creativity really?
From a scientific perspective, creativity is your ability to think of something original from connections made between pre-existing ideas in your brain.

These connections are controlled by neurotransmitters like adenosine, which alerts your brain when you’re running out of energy and reacts by slowing down the connections made between neurons by binding to adenosine receptors.

Adenosine is kind of like your brain’s battery status monitor. Once your energy levels get low, adenosine alerts your brain and starts to slow down brain functioning.

This is why after a few hours of intense work, you begin to feel tired, like your brain has run out of juice.

The only way to recharge it is to take a break; unless, you’ve got a secret weapon handy.

Your brain on coffee
Every coffee drinker is familiar with the feelings after drinking a fresh cup of java.

I know after I’ve had a latte or espresso, I feel more focused.

If I’m having a conversation with someone, words seem to flow without pauses, ums, or ahs.

If I’m writing, my fingers never stop typing.

This happens because caffeine blocks adenosine receptors, preventing adenosine from binding to it’s receptors and tricking your brain into thinking you have lots of energy…

[continues at Medium]


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12 Comments on "Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?"

  1. Noah_Nine | May 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm |

    cheap six-pack + a pot of coffee = poor man’s speedball

  2. InfvoCuernos | May 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm |

    Someone once told me that the second you depend on an outside chemical for your creativity, it stops working for you. Then he went into the bathroom and slammed some heroin.

  3. BuzzCoastin | May 30, 2013 at 2:07 am |

    I’m gonna go with water on this one
    since both beer & coffee need water to exist
    and without water the average human is dead in 3 daze
    studies have shown that death tends to kill creativity

    • $34266836 | May 30, 2013 at 11:10 am |

      Boycott water. Do you know what fish do in that stuff?

      • BuzzCoastin | May 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm |

        what fish do to & in water
        only helps their environment
        what humans do to & with water
        tend to hurt water & humans both

  4. Neither, please contact phizer to control all of these random thoughts so confused for creativity..

  5. Adamas Macalz | May 30, 2013 at 9:00 am |

    Just do what Stephen King did… Get hammered, write a Novel…. though I have to say some of my best Ideas and sparks of creativity come from smoking… that and I don’t drink alcohol or coffee

  6. CosmicAmazing | May 30, 2013 at 9:32 am |

    I’m gonna go with pot. Oh wait, thats not one of the choices. Well then, I’m gonna go with pot.

  7. Liam_McGonagle | May 30, 2013 at 11:22 am |

    It comes when it comes, if it comes at all.

    There’s such a huge backlog of unknown artworks already, there’s no reason for anyone to feel rushed about creating.

  8. HelloFeds | Oct 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

    This is stupid. The obvious answer is, in sequential order: 1. coffee 2. more coffee 3. beer 4. more coffee 5. more beer 6. opiods 7. pot edible 8. more beer.

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