Researchers Are Studying the Things People Fiddle With at Their Desks

If you are reading this at work, chances are you are employed at a think-y kind of job, one that doesn't require much physical movement beyond tapping on a keyboard or moving around a mouse. And yet, as you engage in creative thinking, you likely do so while moving around: fiddling with your jewelry, clicking up and down on a ballpoint pen, that kind of thing.

Mike Karlesky and Katherine Isbister at New York University are fascinated by the things we deskbound employees fiddle with as we work, and how those little repetitive motions may promote creative or clearer thinking. 

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