Super-Creative People Have Unique Brain Connectivity
Scientists have studied the neural nature of creativity for quite a while, but they still haven’t reached deep enough into the mysteries of this virtue. A new study tried to get closer to them, focusing on the brains of artists and scientists with an outstanding level of creativity.
Conducted by UCLA researchers, the study shed more light on how the brains of highly creative people work. In order to do so, the team compared the brain function of extremely creative individuals to the brain function of people with similar IQs who aren’t nearly as creative.
The participants were divided into two groups. The first group included artists and scientists who had shown exceptional creativity, while the second group involved individuals who weren’t remarkably creative but were highly intelligent.
The scientists observed the activity in various brain regions by means of functional MRI (fMRI) in both groups while they rested and while they engaged in creative tasks.
The findings indicate that while the people in the first group were performing the tasks, their brains were making more random connections compared to the second group. In other words, highly creative individuals turned out to have exceptional brain activity.
Also, the creative group was characterized by something called reduced small worldness. Small worldness is described as the tendency of nearby nodes to join into groups (a.k.a. hubs). This way, efficiency in different brain networks is increased.
Despite its obvious significance, the study does have several limitations. For example, the number of participants was insufficient to draw more certain conclusions. Additionally, many of the participants were required to engage in tasks outside their fields of expertise.
Still, whichever of the two groups you belong to, there are things you can do to help your brain remain healthy. Exercise, eat foods rich in vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid, maintain proper sleep hygiene, do puzzles and similar activity-boosting games, etc.
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