What Is the Science Behind Creativity?

What Is the Science Behind Creativity?

Growing up, you always hear talents are unique and you cannot just develop your own. Some people have it, others do not. As a result, you end up believing you may never be able to work as well and think as your peers do. But is it actually true?

Being creative or showing creativity refers to being able to bring something new to the table. For jobs and big businesses, that is a trait which is hard to ignore. In fact, always bringing new ideas is often preferred and may help you going further at your work with promotions.

A new study has outlined something new about the ‘creativity’ in brains. Turns out, it is not a ‘god-gifted’ or miraculous things. There may be science behind the entire procedure.

The research highlights the neural mechanisms that allow a person to think out of the box and be creative. Up till now, researchers had limited success in determining the neurological procedures that enhance creativity in a person.

The previous studies on this topic focus mainly on alpha waves. These waves tend to be stronger during the time the brain’s visual cortex is relaxing. For example, if you simply lean back and close your eyes, the waves are fortified.

The recent work in this area suggests that the alpha brains may block particular cortical areas. A number of researchers have also claimed that the strength of the alpha waves may have a connection with creativity.

How Was The Research Conducted?

The recent work on the association of alpha waves and creativity gives more information. The final conclusion of the study was that there is a correlation between thinking in a different way and alpha wave activity in the brain.

The study was led by Caroline Di Bernardi Luft, Ph.D., from the Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom and a team of researchers. It is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Read more about the study here. 

The researchers looked at the effects of using electrical current in order to trigger right temporal part of the brain at the alpha frequency.

This was done while the participants were indulged in a number of creative activities such as the game of word association. In this game, you have to name a closely relating word to the previous one. For example, a firefighter can be associated with a truck.

For the brain, the researchers used the process of transcranial alternating current brain stimulation.

The procedure’s effects on the brain waves were noted by an electroencephalogram.

What Were the Results?

The researchers saw that when there was a level of alpha brain waves in the right temporal brain area, the participants came up with more creative words.

The team explained this by concluding that the alpha waves in the brain actually suppress the common ways of thinking. Consequently, the person comes up with less-expected and better ideas. Dr. Luft comments on these findings, saying:

“If we need to generate alternative uses of a glass, first we must inhibit our past experience which leads us to think of a glass as a container. Our study’s novelty is to demonstrate that right temporal alpha oscillations is a key neural mechanism for overriding these obvious associations.”

This is one of the many upcoming explanations of various procedures in the brain. The team has not hinted on any ways to boost the creativity, but you can always do it the simple way by thinking with a clear and relaxed mind.



Hilary Jensen

Hilary is a Food Science and Nutrition graduate with specialization in diet planning and weight loss. She enjoys reading and writing on Food, Nutrition, Diet, Weight Loss, and General Health.

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