The Neuroscience of Creativity, Flow, and Openness to Experience | Scott Barry Kaufman

It seems appropriate that human creativity is connected to a neurological alliance of opposing forces. It’s as if the executive and default networks are normally in conflict, like little children competing for attention or ancient warlords fighting for dominion over the world. It very well could be their fate to remain forever in conflict, never […]

Different perspectives: Creativity, awareness, and the third person point of view

For most people, the metaphor of the meandering creative brain resonates deeply because in many ways our conceptual sense of what it means to be creative emerges from our physical experience of meandering, of wandering, of exploring new places and rediscovering familiar ones. Krista Tippett (On Being) | A heightened potential for creativity [Rex Jung […]

Lowering barriers to creativity

Although the creative process involves different stages, many people seem to find the stage involving creative imagination or thinking to be the most challenging. Research is showing that one key to creativity involves lowering the inhibitions that prevent us from fully engaging our imaginations. This typically corresponds to a reduction of activity in our frontal […]

Scott Barry Kaufman (Scientific American) | The real neuroscience of creativity

According to Kaufman, creativity involves three major neural networks in the brain: Executive Attention, Default [Imagination], and Salience. In his argument against an oversimplified right brain versus left brain perspective, he also speaks to the role of imaginative activity in the creative process. The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right […]

Julie Cohen (UC Santa Barbara • Futurity) | Using fewer brain ‘tools’ may speed learning

With the neurological correlates of the learning process coming into focus, the scientists were able to delve into the differences among participants in order to explain why some learned the sequences faster than others. Counterintuitive as it may seem, the participants who showed decreased neural activity learned the fastest. The critical distinction was in areas […]