Creative block? Here’s the neuroscience of how to fix that.

What is it exactly that helps us be creative? What fuels us when we get into an especially productive work flow? What makes the hours disappear when our brains focus on a task? Player utilities What, in other words, is happening in our brains when we’re being creative? Cognitive neuroscientist Heather Berlin at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai says we know a little bit about what’s going on. Berlin studies the neuroscience of imagination, creativity and improvisation. And for those people who might be facing writer’s block? “There’s really no prescribed medication,” Berlin says. “There is no real magic pill.” Instead, she says, creativity depends on which part of the brain you might be using.  “When [people] are improvising, there tends to be a pattern of activation where they have…

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