A recent study by North Dakota State psychologists Darya Zabelina and Michael
Robinson sheds some light:
The authors asked distinct groups of college students to imagine a
day off from school or work, with one group’s day set in the present,
and the other's set from the perspective of a 7-year-old, and then gave
each some creative problem-solving tasks.
It turns out that the latter group displayed far more creative
agility on the tests after envisioning a free day as a child without the
strictures of adult expectations.
Read the full post at the LA Times blog.
Hat tip to The Daily Swarm for the heads up.