Arts and Creativity
Musical Creativity and the Brain
Researchers are now using brain imaging to study the neural underpinnings of spontaneous artistic creativity, from jazz riffs to freestyle rap. So far, they have found that brain areas deactivated during improvisation are also at rest during dreaming and meditation, while activated areas include those controlling language and sensorimotor skills. Even with relatively few completed studies, researchers have concluded that musical creativity clearly cannot be tied to just one brain area or process.
Six Good Reasons for Advocating the Importance of Arts in SchoolKeynote address by Jerome Kagan at the conference "Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts, and the Brain"
The argument for arts and music in the curriculum does not have to be sentimental, but can rest on pragmatic grounds, argues Jerome Kagan, emeritus professor of psychology at Harvard and a pioneer in the field of developmental psychology.