Creativity and the Brain by Kenneth M. Heilman

By Kenneth M. Heilman

In Creativity and the mind, Kenneth Heilman explores the prospective mind mechanisms which underlie creativity, through reviewing the present facts and asserting new rules. at the method, he discusses the relationships among creativity and intelligence, mind anatomy, neuropharmacology, habit, handedness, intercourse ameliorations, and temper states resembling melancholy. He additionally addresses the consequences of neurological problems and getting older, in addition to the effect of environmental components akin to tolerance and nurturing.The ebook should be of curiosity to neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists and educators The enticing and succinct variety of this e-book additionally make it attractive to scholars, and researchers from a number of disciplines who've an curiosity in knowing the mind mechanisms underlying creativity.

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In the first stage, preparation, a creative person acquires the skills and knowledge that allow that person to develop creative works. For example, Einstein developed superb skills in physics and math before he made his great discoveries, and Picasso learned to draw forms and mix colors before he painted his masterpieces. Eysenck (1995) in his book, Genius, noted that before you can solve a problem you need to recognize a problem, and he believes there is a stage of problem finding. He noted that to find a problem a person must have extensive knowledge in the field where the person wants to find a problem.

1. Diagram of a neuron, demonstrating cell body, axon, and dendrites. thereby providing support for the connectivity postulate of intelligence. This increase in neuronal connectivity could increase the potential for the development of the neuronal networks that are important for learning and the storage of knowledge. Charles Spearman (1905), one of the founders of the psychometric approach to intelligence, noted that, independent of the cognitive tests that he and other investigators used to measure intelligence, performance on that one test strongly correlated with performance on other cognitive tests that measure mental ability in different domains.

Tang and coworkers (1999) demonstrated in transgenic mice that overexpression of the gene for the NMDA receptor in the forebrains of these mice, which leads to an increase in NMDA ion channel density, is associated with superior learning ability, as assessed by various behavioral tasks. Thus, differences in the NMDA gaited ion channels might represent a unifying mechanism for associative learning and memory. These observations suggest that genetic control of cognitive attributes such as intelligence can be mediated neurochemically.

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