Peter Durand

The Unleashed Mind: Why Creative People Are Eccentric

In Journal on May 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

From Scientific American | Mind:

Highly creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us. Now researchers know why.

In brief:

  • People who are highly creative often have odd thoughts and behaviors—and vice versa.
  • Both creativity and eccentricity may be the result of genetic variations that increase cognitive disinhibition—the brain’s failure to filter out extraneous information.
  • When unfiltered information reaches conscious awareness in the brains of people who are highly intelligent and can process this information without being overwhelmed, it may lead to exceptional insights and sensations.



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