1. Creativity and Neuroscience - A Three Minute Quiz

    By Russ Schoen

    According to recent research on the topic of creativity and neuroscience, which of the following statements are True and which ones are False?

    1) Idea generation — the ability to generate novel ideas — is associated with a state of lower cognitive control - which in English - is the ability to turn your mental filters off and have fewer restrictions on your thoughts and behavior.This corresponds to less activity in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain (the part of the brain that regulates decisions, thinking and actions).

    True False

    2) Idea evaluation also involves a mental state in which an individual is able to turn the cognitive filter in the prefrontal cortex off.

    True False

    3) The most creative individuals may be those who are the most cognitively flexible – that is - the most creative individuals are those who can deliberately turn their cognitive filters on or off at the appropriate times.

    True False

    Source: Chrysikou, E. (2012) Your Creative Brain at Work, Scientific Mind, (July/August), pages 24-29.

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