New study ties creativity with brain structure

May 15, 2018, 7:35 AM EDT
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A recent study published in the journal “Human Brain Mapping” has found a link between a personality trait related to creativity and the thickness of the part of the brain associated with cognitive control.

The Neuroimaging study on 185 participants at Defense Research and Development Canada rated their openness and their intellect, the two traits linked with creativity.

The researchers then examined the correlation between different regions of the brain and these two individual traits, only to find some surprising results. The openness score was negatively correlated to cortical thickness, the region of the brain responsible for memory and cognitive control.

The observation implies that creativity results from a reduced control over what goes inside one’s mind, allowing a fluid thought process.

Another research on creativity attributes “the Eureka moment” with dopamine-producing areas of the brain, reports Medical Xpress.

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