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New study looks at brain activities of jazz musicians to find link between emotions and creativity




A man plays the piano.
A man plays the piano.
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A new study published this week seeks to aims to crack the code on how emotions feed and influence the process of creativity.

The study’s authors scanned the brains of 12 professional jazz pianists as they sat down at the piano to improvise, and found that their brain activities differ depending on what kind of emotions they were trying to musically convey.

Larry Mantle speaks with one of the study’s authors on the new research, and the implications it holds to our understanding of the creative process.

Emotional Intent Modulates The Neural Substrates Of Creativity: An fMRI Study of Emotionally Targeted Impro...

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Malinda McPherson, a PhD candidate at the  Harvard-MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology, and lead author of the study, “Emotional Intent Modulates The Neural Substrates Of Creativity: An fMRI Study of Emotionally Targeted Improvisation in Jazz Musicians” published in this week’s journal, “Scientific Reports.” She tweets from @MalindaJeanette