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Survey: More Motivation Needed For Invention In U.S.

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(credit: Lemelson-MIT Invention Index)

(credit: Lemelson-MIT Invention Index)

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CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – A local survey determined that some young Americans aren’t motivated to pursue inventive fields.

The 2011 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index found that 39 percent of men and 36 percent of women think that inventors are people who most often work at home or in their garage, which shows a misconception of inventors and their careers.

See: Lemelson-MIT Invention Index

Seventy-three percent of young adults, meanwhile, show a preference for working in groups or with mentors and as a result, not alone.

The survey also showed that “young women are most interested in thinking of and designing a solution (57 percent) when it comes to the inventive process, while men are also interested in those steps, as well as building the solution (84 percent).”

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