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Creativity Neuron

By scottHJ () on , August 12, 2012.

Hi Carol,



Interesting article and I'll try and dig up the Science full text at work tomorrow. Bit more here:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120809141505.htm




Can we induce or enhance creativity through some application of the
differentiated neural stem cells the people at Scripts Research
Institute have been studying? More likely, we might see improvements in
brain damaged individuals way in advance of creativity enhancements.
This would be easier to measure and a positive use of science. Even if
we could tie creativity directly to a particular neuron in the brain and
pump billions of these into an individual there's no guarantee of
change.



Most people seem to be born with an adequate supply of the raw circuitry
needed to be creative. Yet it seems to be underutilized. So where does
it go? Do our culture and society discourage creativity such that the
environment for it simply isn't there? Is there an evolutionary
advantage to being creative or is it neutral or disadvantageous?



My take on this is under "normal" social conditions creativity on its own is neutral to disadvantageous.
To avoid the heartbreak of being wonderfully endowed with earth changing
ideas while being considered a useless dreamer  I'd suggest an even mix
of creativity and deviousness which would be the perfect nature /
nurture combination. Deviousness you can learn on the street corner and
if you aren't endowed with creativity, you can steal it.


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Re: Creativity Neuron

Scott,

You raised a very interesting question regarding the possible evolutionary advantage or disadvantage to being creative.

It's easier to see the advantage of being creative in the sense of survival. Were creative people of long ago better able to survive the elements? I think people who survived harsh conditions were more likely to pass those genes on to their offspring.

In today's society the opposite may be true. Creative people tend to be those who rock the boat, the kids in a classroom where the teacher needs to maintain control. Creative people can often be seen as the trouble makers. Do you think creativity is as important today as it once was in terms of survival? I can see that certain avenues are open to creative people today, but am also convinced that creativity is squelched in the quest for compliant behavior in the classroom, at home, and at work.

Barbara

By BWheat () on August 13, 2012. [Reply]

Re: Creativity Neuron
Scott,
I love your tag line ... "if you aren't endowed with creativity, you can steal it."  I might also posit that you can also develop creativity, endowed or not.

Surely, patterns of neural pathways can be altered by behavior as well as by surgical and medicinal means.  Some time ago, and I cannot recall the publication source, I learned of a person who had been mostly paralyzed and diagnosed that walking would never be possible.  Someone determined this was defeatist ad came up with a contraption that involved PVC pipe as handrails and fashioned into a figure 8.  The "paralyzed" individual spent hours carefully hanging onto the PVC pipes ad willing the legs to move and the body along with them.  Brain waves were studied before and after the "walks" and differences were noted.
It seems that the act of crossing and turning into the 180 degree direction, caused the brain to become active in the motor neuron area.  After some time, the brain etched the new pathway for the synapses and the person regained a fair amount of lost neural motor functioning.  And so, the creative endeavor to remap the neural pathways, stole a creative solution, even if partial, to a conundrum that seemed at a stasis.

Creativity can be taught, and is being taught by many on a global level.  If anyone wished to learn more about the creative process and how it can be trught, check into the program (a graduate program as well as an undergraduate program) at SUNY Buffalo State. Additionally, it was mentioned in an earlier blog posting that E Paul Torrance had been a major proponent of teaching creativity as well as teaching creatively ... check out the TIM pedagogy (Torrance incubation model).

Thanks for responding to the article and opening another door to creativity.

By carol yeager (Carol Yeager) on August 18, 2012. [Reply]

Re: Creativity Neuron



Looking at creativity in a scientific matter, I can agree
that creativity can be taught. For myself, I am taking this course to become a creativity
communicator. My focus is lined up with my neurons. After reading the articles,
posts and understanding creativity, yes it can be taught.



Now understanding why creativity comes so easily while
taking a warm shower, that takes creativity.LOL. They say that a relaxed state
of mind is important for creative insights. When the mind is at ease, we direct
the attention inwards which promotes the stream of remote assoc from the right
hemisphere.



 



By aterry (adrienne) on September 14, 2012. [Reply]

Re: Creativity Neuron



Looking at creativity in a scientific matter, I can agree
that creativity can be taught. For myself, I am taking this course to become a creativity
communicator. My focus is lined up with my neurons. After reading the articles,
posts and understanding creativity, yes it can be taught.



Now understanding why creativity comes so easily while
taking a warm shower, that takes creativity.LOL. They say that a relaxed state
of mind is important for creative insights. When the mind is at ease, we direct
the attention inwards which promotes the stream of remote assoc from the right
hemisphere.



 



By aterry (adrienne) on September 14, 2012. [Reply]

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