Category Archives: Creativity

Evolution of genetic networks for human creativity

The genetic basis for the emergence of creativity in modern humans remains a mystery despite sequencing the genomes of himpanzees and Neanderthals, our closest hominid relatives. Data-driven methods allowed us to uncover networks of genes distinguishing the three major systems … Continue reading

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Joint Action Enhances Cohesion and Positive Affect, but Suppresses Aspects of Creativity When Combined With Shared Goals

We aimed to examine the link between two types of joint action (synchrony and asynchrony) and creativity (both divergent thinking and convergent thinking) using an established experimental paradigm. A secondary aim was to replicate and extend the amplified positive effects … Continue reading

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How Does the Brain Deal With Novelty?

Current theories of connectionism have a hard time explaining how the brain deals with novel situations. An alternative approach of fast hierarchical adaptations could solve some of the conundrums. So, how do our biological brains resolve novel situations? We have … Continue reading

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Neural Connectivity of the Creative Mind

Human creativity contributes to the engagement, achievement, and subjective well-being of individuals. While historiometric and psychometric studies have defined multiple areas for creativity research, a neuroscientific understanding of how the human brain subserves creativity is only beginning to be realized. … Continue reading

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Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more Creatively

The human brain needs to suppress obvious ideas in order to reach the most creative ones, according to scientists. These obvious associations are present in both convergent thinking (finding an ‘out-of-the-box’ solution) and also in divergent thinking (when individuals have … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Different brain structures associated with artistic and scientific creativity

Creativity is the ability to produce original and valuable ideas or behaviors. In real life, artistic and scientific creativity promoted the development of human civilization; however, to date, no studies have systematically investigated differences in the brain structures responsible for … Continue reading

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Engaging in Creativity Broadens Attentional Scope

Previous studies have shown that creativity is enhanced by a broad attentional scope, defined as an ability to utilize peripheral stimuli and process information globally. We propose that the reverse relationship also holds, and that breadth of attention also is … Continue reading

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Coloring Reduces Stress and Boosts Creativity

According to researchers, picking up a coloring pencil and book could be beneficial for your mental health. A new study reveals coloring can help to improve mood, reduce stress and boost creativity. Taking up colouring can help reduce stress and improve … Continue reading

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Creative Cognition and Brain Network Dynamics.

Creative thinking is central to the arts, sciences, and everyday life. How does the brain produce creative thought? A series of recently published papers have begun to provide insight into this question, reporting a strikingly similar pattern of brain activity and connectivity across … Continue reading

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