Sex and the single artist

Found : Sex and the single artist

Daniel Nettle of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Helen Keenoo of the Open University… asked 425 British people, including artists and poets, on many sexual partners they'd had (Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3349) Professional artists and poets averaged 4 to 10 sexual partners, other people averaged only 3. "What we seem to have established is that artists and poets are, amongst other things, horny old toads," Nettle says.

Volunteers were also assessed for character traits associated with schizophrenia which has previously been linked to creativity. Some professional artists and poets scored as highly on these measures as people with schizophrenia did.

Combined with a high sex drive this may explain the persistence of schizophrenia in the population, says Nettle.

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