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Consciousness

Brain Differences and Creativity

There are a number of intriguing examples of notable creative ability and expression related to changes in brain structure and function from disease, stroke, injury, developmental disability or other conditions.

Darold Treffert, , one of the foremost experts on savantism notes, "Savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which people with developmental disabilities, including autism or other central nervous system disorders, have some remarkable islands of genius that stand in stark contrast to their overall...
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Creative Thinking

The Creative Personality: Director Terrence Malick

His film "The Tree of Life" just won the Palme d'Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival, but director Terrence Malick chose not to appear in person to accept it.

Shyness is one of a number of personal qualities that Malick shares with many other creative and gifted people.

In a recent profile article, writer Steven Zeitchik notes that friends and collaborators 'paint a portrait of the reclusive filmmaker as a complicated and contradictory man.'

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Creative Thinking

Myths Of Creativity in Business

In a Fast Company magazine article a few years ago, Bill Breen addressed business creativity and innovation in the workplace and asked, "What can leaders do to sustain the stimulants to creativity -- and break through the barriers?"

He outlines a number of myths related to developing creativity that psychologist Teresa Amabile (Harvard Business School) has found in her research.

Here are some excerpts from the article, quoting Amabile:

1. Creativity Comes From Creative Types

When I give talks to...
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Consciousness

Improvising and the Brain

A fascinating article in Scientific American magazine interviews hearing specialist and sax player Charles J. Limb, who says that his studies of the brain of musicians during improvisation may provide new understanding of creativity

The article explains, "Limb and National Institutes of Health neurologist Allen R. Braun have developed a method for studying the brains of highly skilled jazz musicians while they are creating music.

"Subjects play on a nonmagnetic keyboard as they lie in a functional magnetic...
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Creative Thinking

Dyslexia and Creativity

In their Dyslexic Advantage site post Dyslexic Actor, Anthony Hopkins - Thor Interview, Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide quote from a Biography Channel profile that Hopkins, due to his dyslexia, "preferred to paint and play the piano rather than making friends at school."

Hopkins recalls: “I was lousy in school: a real screw-up, a moron. I was antisocial and didn’t bother with the...
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Creative Thinking

The Urge to Create: Jane Piirto on Motivation


"My identity shifted when I got into recovery." Eric Clapton

In her new book Creativity for 21st Century Skills, Professor Jane Piirto describes "what many creative people really do when they create" (according to the publisher summary) and includes references to the impact of creative expression in the lives of creative people.

One of the many topics she covers is the motivation to create.

She writes, "The main cause for creativity is that the...
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Creative Thinking

Evil Genius and Malevolent Creativity

Psychologist Rollo May explains the classic Greek conception of the "daimonic" or darker side of our being (unlike the demonic, which is merely destructive) is "as much concerned with creativity as with negative reactions.

"The daimonic model considers both creativity on one side, and anger and rage on the other side, as coming from the same source. That is, constructiveness and destructiveness have the same source in human personality. The source is simply human potential."

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