The Flow of Creative Juices

Creativity is the development of a new or novel understanding, and this process is essential for individual wellbeing and social survival. But, just how creativity works has been elusive to those who study the brain – both its form and its function. Now, researchers have uncovered a neural basis for creativity and have discovered clues on how to enhance it and stifle it. Recently, investigators at Stanford University directly implicated the cerebellum in creativity. (The cerebellum is located at the back of the brain and is usually associated with controlling the body’s movements and coordination.) The investigators also found that shifting the brain’s activity to high-order, executive functions impairs creativity. The parts of the brain the help to plan, organize, and manage tasks negatively affect the creative process. The current…

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