The neuroscience of creativity

Neuroscientific investigations often cross the borders between scientific disciplines; they walk boldly from biology to psychology and stride straight through to the other side, dipping their toe – and sometimes their entire leg – in the murky waters of philosophy.Some scientists believe that studying creativity is a fruitless endeavor, others do not. Neuroscience can be a dense and unrelentingly complex area of study. The scientists involved strive to answer disparate questions ranging from “how do we walk?” to “how do we remember things?” and from “how do nerve cell membranes communicate?” to “what is pleasure?” It takes a brave researcher to attempt to bridge the gap between the physics of a firing neuron and the construction of a jazz drum solo. The gap is nowhere near fully bridged, but strides…

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