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Neuroscience of Creativity$
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Oshin Vartanian, Adam S. Bristol, and James C. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019583

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019583.001.0001

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Biological and Neuronal Underpinnings of Creativity in the Arts

Biological and Neuronal Underpinnings of Creativity in the Arts

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(p.133) 7 Biological and Neuronal Underpinnings of Creativity in the Arts
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Neuroscience of Creativity
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Dahlia W. Zaidel

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019583.003.0007

Creativity and innovation are found in many categories of human activity, including art. Some animals are also capable of innovation, albeit much less frequently than humans, but the fact that animals can deal with experience in innovative ways suggests the roots of human creativity lie in their biological ancestry. Evidence from artists with brain damage, however, does not point to any specific neuronal circuitry, hemispheric laterality, functional pathway, or “center” in the brain that give rise to creativity. Creativity is associated with large brain size, intelligence level, specific neurotransmitters, cultural, and ecological factors.

Keywords:   Animal creativity, Art, Evolution, Artists, Innovation, Intelligence and creativity

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