Merely touching something a great artist or scientist held can boost performance, a study has found. But it only works for those who believe it works. The belief that ability is “contagious” likely increases a person’s confidence and can enhance accomplishment, researchers suggest. The study focused on the distinction between intuitive and analytical individuals, finding that the contagion effect primarily existed among the former. So, while an intuitive writer might work better at Dickens’ desk, a highly rational physicist might not be impacted at all by using Einstein’s.
Source: Pacific Standard