In Health, Journal, Science, TED, video on January 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm
I have always wanted to have my brain scanned while listening and scribing. One limitation is that I’d have to lay immobilized on my back in a giant beige magnet.
On a vacation a few years ago, I described what I do for a living to family friend who is a neuropathologist.
When I asked him what happens in my brain while I listen and draw images to capture ideas on large surfaces, he replied: “Why, your whole brain is lit up like a Christmas tree!”
Charles Limb is a doctor and a musician who researches the way musical creativity works in the brain.
He wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.
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