Creativity and the Everyday Brain

creativity-ordinary-brainAllow me to suggest an interesting National Public Radio interview with Rex Jung, who does research on the interplay between intelligence, creativity and personality in the brain.

http://www.onbeing.org/program/creativity-and-everyday-brain/1879

“How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettles some old assumptions — and suggests some new connections between creativity and family life, creativity and aging, and creativity and purpose.”

Personal Take-Aways:

  • Brainstorming may not be the best way to generate new ideas….based on a New Yorker Magazine article
  • Intelligence needs fast brain activity. Creativity needs slow, meandering brain activity.
  • The right brain – left brain divide that has become so popular in recent years is not so prominent as we’ve made it out to be.

If you really appreciate this sort of discussion, I would suggest the extended and unedited interview with Mr. Jung.

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