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NeuroScience of Creativity – Beau Lotto

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?

The neuroscience of creativity

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.

Creative people’s brains really do work differently

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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How to Cultivate Your Creativity [Book Excerpt]

Adapted from Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind , by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire

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Refreshing research insights to assist your #creativity considerations in the new year

  1. be open to new experiences
  2. cultivate a drive for exploration
  3. explore and engage in new things
  4. live the question (embrace uncertainty)

Afterall – the drive to explore, the ability to adapt to new environments and the ability to thrive in the face of uncertainty all provide important survival advantages.

And yes folks, this is what we are advocating during World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) April 15 – 21 every year.  Tell the world how you will be celebrating #WCIW2016 and here.

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How to Be Creative: 6 Secrets Backed By Research

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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Using Pictionary to Study Creativity and the Brain

Researchers at Stanford are trying to see what parts of the brain underlie creativity.

Investigators at Stanford University have found a surprising link between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body’s movement-coordination center.

In designing the study, the researchers drew inspiration from the game Pictionary.

A new study is the first to directly implicate the cerebellum in the creative process. As for the brain’s higher-level executive-control centers? Not so much.

We found that activation of the brain’s executive-control centers — the parts of the brain that enable you to plan, organize and manage your activities — is negatively associated with creative task performance,” said Reiss, who holds the Howard C. Robbins Professorship in Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences.

Creativity is an incredibly valued human attribute in every single human endeavor, be it work or play,” he continued. “In art, science and business, creativity is the engine that drives progress. As a practicing psychiatrist, I even see its importance to interpersonal relationships. People who can think creatively and flexibly frequently have the best outcomes.”

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2015/05/researchers-tie-unexpected-brain-structures-to-creativity.html