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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,

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  • May 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    We are a highly creative ‘individual’ in many ways. Creativity has a lot to do with putting 1 and 1 together to make 3. (see the part about ‘inhibition of your prefrontal cortex). According to psych studies, it is this creativity which helped lead to our condition (DID/MPD). Curious to know, though: we tend to do ‘parallel processing’. Would be interesting to see the scan vs. ‘normals’.

    Here’s a thought, you guys. (Yes, we were once a researcher and scientist: can you say 160 or so IQ?). Give your test subjects a KEYBOARD and have them write a story (one they have not considered: give basic plot & let ’em roll.) Copper components a must (duh, MRI!). And yeah – if you want a crazy brain to experiment with: I got one. Have notion will travel type of attitude, LOL! And curious:

    We are highly creative; have read about imaging studies done with MRI regarding ‘image pattern pickup’ (eg. subject watches movie; scanner records; researchers able to ‘see’ what the subject saw and/or is seeing.) Very visual person in here (can you say “worlds inside?”. Would be interesting to see what ‘they’ (researchers) would see when I see what I see in my brain. Also the DID thing as well (read about cortical thickening, BTW).

    Would be most interesting. Lemme know if you need a subject, LOL! As long as you don’t mind working with a (dare I say it: near genius level, but does stupid junk sometimes) – crazy mind!

    LOL’ing! Ya’ll have fun! Wish I was in the field again, doing research. It was fun!

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