A thought piece on creativity by neuroscientist Beau Lotto.
Our brains are geared to make fast assumptions, and questioning them in many cases could prove fatal. If your ancestors wondered for too long whether that noise was a predator or not, you wouldn’t be here now.
Everything begins with not knowing. What if you identified your assumptions and questioned them?
Unraveling the underlying neural mechanisms of human creativity is a tough knot to untie. Despite its difficulties, or perhaps because of them, neuroscientists are on the hunt.
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Evolution has fostered and rewarded creativity. Creativity is as human as conversation.
What makes highly creative people different from the rest of us? In the 1960s, psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron set about finding out. Barron conducted a series of experiments on some of his generation’s most renowned thinkers in an attempt to isolate the unique spark of creative genius. In a historic study, Barron…
“The study showed that creativity is informed by a whole host of intellectual, emotional, motivational and moral characteristics.
The common traits that people across all creative fields seemed to have in common were:
- an openness to one’s inner life
- a preference for complexity and ambiguity
- an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray
- the ability to extract order from chaos
- independence; unconventionality
- a willingness to take risks.”
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The workings of neural circuits associated with creativity are significantly altered when artists are actively attempting to express emotions, according to a new brain-scanning study of jazz pianists.
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“The bottom line is that emotion matters,” said senior author Charles Limb, MD. “It can’t just be a binary situation in which your brain is one way when you’re being creative and another way when you’re not. Instead, there are greater and lesser degrees of creative states, and different versions. And emotion plays a crucially important role in these differences.”
Be open-minded and embrace ‘me’ time
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Everyone has the capacity to tap into their create energy. See any new years resolutions here? Spark ideas for your World Creativity and I notation Week April 15-21?
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