Potential Benefits

Attention control is generally considered a valuable skill in most work environments, but there can also be some potential benefits to be lower in this capacity. For example, some studies have suggested that individuals with low attention control may be more likely to engage in divergent thinking, which is a type of creative thinking that involves generating multiple solutions or ideas in response to a single problem. This is because individuals with lower attention control may be more open to a wider range of stimuli and ideas and may be less likely to get stuck on a single idea or approach. Due to this possibly increased openness to ideas, they may also be less likely to rely on preconceived notions or mental models to solve problems, and therefore more likely to take risks in the way that they consider unconventional approaches. A possible increased risk taking may also be related to the fact that they are less prone to get bogged down in details.