This is your brain on innovation

The reason [that some people need to work in innovative environments], according to Dr. Rick Hanson—neuroscientist, expert on brain plasticity and author of Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time—has to do with the basal ganglia, a group of brain nuclei at the base of the forebrain that’s strongly connected with the cerebral cortex, the thalamus and other areas.

“Some people’s basal ganglia crave more stimulation,” Hanson says. That’s actually why a drug like Ritalin works for ADHD: it gives basal ganglia the stimulation they crave, so there’s less cause for the afflicted to seek stimulation outside of themselves.