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2001-Nov-26: The Creative Power of Friendship

Researchers at the Glasgow Caledonian University claim they have scientifically proven that the friendship between Paul McCartney and John Lennon enhanced their creativity and thus served as the key to the success of the Beatles.  Their tests revealed that when teams of students were asked to compose a piece of music, those partnered with their best friend produced more original and higher quality compositions than those paired with a stranger.

Raymond McDonald, a lecturer in music and psychology at the university, said: "A creative partnership forged in friendship has so much more going for it beyond the music. This could be the answer why Lennon and McCartney were so good. The fact they shared so many cultural reference points
facilitated the creative process."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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