Many think is harmful. Be creative!

What is writer's block? We're trying to work, to write, to draw, but it does not work, and the more we try, the worse the result. The creative impulse is created at will. And neuroscientists seem to be able to understand why.

Many think is harmful. Be creative!

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Scientists from Stanford University have searched area of ​​the brain associated with creativity, and were surprised to find that the cerebellum, which, according to the usual ideas, responsible for motor control, and associated with the work.

Participants in the study were in the unit of magnetic resonance imaging. They were asked to draw pictures based on verbs that they were called (to vote, to breathe, to salute) on each image was given 30 seconds. Before setting the base activity of the brain was fixed, and then the participants evaluated how difficult it was given every drawing. Teachers from the School of Design appreciated the creativity of each picture on a scale, and researchers from the Medical School analyzed the results of the brain scan.

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Many think is harmful. Be creative!

The results were surprising. Prefrontal cortex, traditionally considered to be associated with thinking, was the most active during the creation of the most complex figures, and the cerebellum was particularly active when working on images, which have received the highest marks for creativity. "The more you think, the worse it gets," - summarizes the study's lead author, psychologist Saggar Manish (Manish Saggar). If it turns out that the cerebellum is associated with creativity, it will change our understanding of the brain. Traditionally it is believed that the cerebellum is responsible only for the control of movements, this view is based on research conducted on their ape. It is located at the base of the brain and is not connected with the rest of its parts. However, recent studies on the anatomy of the human brain showed that a host of connections between the cerebellum and other regions in the process of evolution.

See. Manish Saggar et al. "Pictionary-based fMRI paradigm to study the neural correlates of spontaneous improvisation and figural creativity", Scientific Reports, 2015, № 5.