Nancy Andreasen on Secrets of the Creative Brain

I read an excellent article in The Atlantic today, by the neuroscientist Nancy Andreasen, in which she details her life-long study of trying to understand where creativity comes from, and why some people have that spark of genius and others don’t. For example, does a higher IQ prove more conducive to creativity, or does it not matter? Does upbringing – nurture over nature – play a bigger role? Do exceptionally creative people have a family history of mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or depression?

Nancy is still in the process of conducting her research with exceptional individuals, so this article serves as a mid-way discussion around what has been learned so far, and what questions are arising. Her article is fascinating in parts; below I’ve copied some of the key pieces.Read More »

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