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.
The Neuroscience of Improvisation
Improvisation “shows us what the mind can do,”
Six Good Reasons for Advocating the Importance of Arts in SchoolKeynote address by Jerome Kagan at the conference "Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts, and the Brain"
Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., the Daniel and Amy Starch research professor of psychology, emeritus at Harvard University, is a pioneer in the field of developmental psychology. He has spent 45 years studying children and their development; his most recent work has been on temperaments in children. Dr. Kagan has shown that an infant’s temperament is stable […]