The background chatter of a radio is actually the perfect environment for work, the silence of a library might be great for reading, but noise sparks creativity, But it has to be the right level with 70 decibels the suggested ideal.
Not enough noise and the mind tends to have little or no stimulation. Too loud and the distractions are too great. The middle is ‘just right’, said Mehta, of the University of Illinois.
An increased level of distraction makes you think ‘out-of-the-box’, what we call abstract thinking or abstract processing, a hallmark of increased creativity, but when you start to go beyond that moderate level of noise what happens is that distraction becomes so huge that it really starts affecting the thought process.