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Right brained, left brained: New research on the mind and creativity




New research from Harvard suggests a whole network of brain activity sparks creativity, not just connectivity between the left and right hemispheres.
New research from Harvard suggests a whole network of brain activity sparks creativity, not just connectivity between the left and right hemispheres.
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The right side of the brain used to be seen as the prime holder of creativity.

In recent years, connectivity between the two hemispheres has been linked to creative thought. But a recent Harvard study is looking at a whole network of brain activity that sparks creativity. One area problem solves, another goes into default mode and one processes information... and highly creative people have the ability engage these coordinating networks and make them light up.

The lead author of the study speaks to Larry Mantle today to give us a rundown on creativity and the brain.

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Guest:

Roger Beaty, psychology postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and lead author on the study, “Robust prediction of individual creative ability from brain functional connectivity”; he tweets @Roger_Beaty