Creative Brain Part 2

February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

On the next lecture with Tracy we went back to looking at the creative brain. As I couldn’t attend the lecture I only went through the notes, which Tracy provided us with on Unilearn and also went through some of my friends notes, to be able to understand what the lecture was about.

We talked about ‘Eureka moments’ and how scientist try to find an answer to how these moments emerge.

Here is a link to the video with very interesting study. Charles Limb looked at how the brain works during the musical improvisation through working with jazz and rap. For both music styles he prepared one piece to memorise and artists who took part in the experiment had to improvise another piece. When they were performing they were locked in the fMRI scanner, to check their brain activity. Limb came up with the theory that to be creative one part of the brain has to be turned on and the other part has to be completely switched on.

“Artistic creativity is a neurologic product that can be examined using rigorous scientific methods”

Here is another link to the TED talks. Tom Wujec talks there about the marshmallow challenge. The challenge is that with 20 sticks of spaghetti sticks, 1 yard of tape, one yard of string and one marshmallow, a team has to build tallest tower with marshmallow on the top. It forces people to collaborate very quickly.

Normal working scheme looks like this: few minutes for orient in the challenge, few minutes for planning, most of the time for building and then in the end people realise that they are running out of time, put the marshmallow quickly on top and the construction collapses.

Surprisingly children were one of the best groups of builders and they create the tallest and the most interesting towers. This is because they don’t spend so much time on planning, but just start the job and work with trial and error. The only better group were architects and engineers.

This challenge helps to identify hidden assumptions.


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