Creativity and the Cerebellum

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Creativity and the Cerebellum

#1  Postby kennyc » May 29, 2015 12:15 pm

This study links creativity to the cerebellum. I've got a number of issues with this study. First is that drawing, and most of the drawings shown involve physical movement which is what the cerebellum does. Secondly I think it shows how little we know about the interacting processes of the brain. More and more we see larger overall patterns, stimulation between brain regions when solving problems, thinking, reading, etc. I really don't have much confidence in the results.

Unexpected brain structures tied to creativity, and to stifling it
May 28, 2015
Stanford University Medical Center

Investigators at Stanford University have found a surprising link between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body's movement-coordination center.

In designing the study, the researchers drew inspiration from the game Pictionary.

The cerebellum, traditionally viewed as the brain's practice-makes-perfect, movement-control center, hasn't been previously recognized as critical to creativity. The new study, a collaboration between the School of Medicine and Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, commonly known as the, is the first to find direct evidence that this brain region is involved in the creative process.
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Re: Creativity and the Cerebellum

#2  Postby DavidMcC » May 29, 2015 12:30 pm

Kenny, aren't you just objecting to the word, "unexpected" in the title? Altenatively, you are drawing (apols for the pun) a distinction between thinking up creative acts (even though this would involve mental rehearsal of movements) and the actual execution of such acts (involving actual movements).
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