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Scientists identify key conditions to set up a creative 'hot streak'

Researchers use AI to reveal runs of artistic success are commonly preceded by an experimental phase.

Whether it is the director Marta Meszaros or the artist Jackson Pollock, those in creative careers often experience a particular burst of success.

Now researchers have used artificial intelligence to reveal such "hot streaks" are commonly preceded by an experimental phase followed by a focus on one particular approach once the winning period has begun.

The director Peter Jackson's career is, perhaps, a prime example: his hugely successful Lord of the Rings trilogy came after an eclectic range of movies such as the sci-fi comedy horror Bad Taste, the puppet film Meet the Feebles and the drama Heavenly Creatures.

The new work builds on a previous study by the researchers that suggested many creatives find themselves on a roll at some point in their career, although when exactly this happens appears to be random.

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