Research suggests that reading/experiencing something absurd or surreal can help boost pattern recognition and creative thinking. Subjects in the study read Franz Kafka, but even stories like Alice in Wonderland have been suggested by psychologists.

The conclusion was that the mind is always seeking to make sense of the things that it sees, and surreal/absurd art puts the mind in “overdrive” for a short period while it tries to work out just exactly what it is looking at or reading.

via Nine of the Best Ways to Boost Creative Thinking.

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