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Neuroscience Study Sheds New Light On Where Creativity Originates In the Brain

Neuroscience is a field that is constantly evolving. New evidence comes to light every day as researchers and scientists build off of what they do know. But sometimes old information gets looked at in a new light, which is now the case of how we may use the right and left hemispheres of our brain.

It has long been believed that the right hemisphere of the brain is used for creativity while the left brain provides the logic and math. However, new information has researchers suggesting this may be less than true.

Researchers took neuroscience to the next level when jumping on a journey to determine where creativity originates in the brain. What they found is that the left hemisphere of the brain is crucial for creative thinking. The long belief that painters and sculptors are right-brained might not necessarily hold to form anymore.

It is still true that the right half of the brain performs a majority of the creative process. However, you cannot discount the work the left side of the brain makes while contributing vital pieces to that creativity.

The study that was posted in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience dives head-first into the waters of visual creativity and how the brain handles these tasks. And one area of field that was supported by researchers was how the brain handles musical improvisation.

The team of researchers was able to identify the new neuroscience findings using functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan brains of architecture students. These individuals are often highly creative and the goal was to see how both hemispheres work during creative processing.

During the study, subjects were shown a circle, a C and the number 8. From there, they were then asked to visualize images that could be made by rearranging the shapes. This is where the creative aspect of the study kicked in to see what the students thought up and how the brain began running to make it all happen.

On top of this, the students also had to try to piece three geometric shapes together with their minds to see if a square or a rectangle could be created. This is something that requires a similar spatial processing as the previous task.

The neuroscience finding was that the task was predominantly done by the right brain. However, the left brain hemisphere did activate more than the right indicating it does play an integral role in the creativity of the brain.