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The relationship between creativity, schizotypy and the right hemisphere

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (4)
There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence linking creativity and mental illness. This fascinating article "Neuropsychological evidence for dimensional schyzotypy: Implications for creativity and psychopathology" published by a team of researchers in the Journal for Research in Personality in 2oo4, establishes a link from a neurobiological perspective between creativity and psychopathology - schizotypal personality disorder in particular. The 'link' seems to be hemispheric asymmetry with a more pronounced right-hemispheric activity. Read the article here

BBC Horizon: Dreams and creativity

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 6:56 AM Comments comments (4)
BBC Horizon: Why do we dream? [Broadcast on the 21st of February, 2oo9]
"Horizon uncovers the secret world of our dreams. In a series of cutting-edge experiments and personal stories, we go in search of the science behind this most enduring mystery and ask: where do dreams come from? Do they have meaning? And ultimately, why do we dream?What the film reveals is that much of what we thought we knew no longer stands true. Dreams are not simply wild imaginings but play a significant part in all our lives as they have an impact on our memories, the ability to learn, and our mental health. Most surprisingly, we find nightmares, too, are beneficial and may even explain the survival of our species."

BBC Horizon: The creative brain. How insight works. [Broadcast on the 19th of March, 2o13]
"It is a feeling we all know - the moment when a light goes on in your head. In a sudden flash of inspiration, a new idea is born.

Today, scientists are using some unusual techniques to try to work out how these moments of creativity - whether big, small or life-changing - come about. They have devised a series of puzzles and brainteasers to draw out our creative behaviour, while the very latest neuroimaging technology means researchers can actually peer inside our brains and witness the creative spark as it happens. What they are discovering could have the power to make every one of us more creative."