The Creative Brain : The Science of Genius

Author(s): Nancy C. Andreasen


Discover the secrets of creative genius Shakespeare's tragic plays, Mozart's sublime symphonies, Einstein's revolutionary theories - how did these geniuses create such magnificent and highly original works? Were their brains different from those of ordinary people? Using modern neuroscience together with first-person accounts of creative breakthroughs from artists and scientists such as Mozart, Henri Poincari, and Neil Simon, The Creative Brain illuminates where extraordinary creativity comes from. Acclaimed brain scientist Nancy Andreasen proposes that, due to enriched connections between certain areas of the brain, geniuses are able to tap into the unconscious mind in ways that most of us can't. She also explores the link between creativity and mental illness, and she shows how all of us can enhance our creative potential through mental exercises. Clearly and accessibly written, The Creative Brain is a fascinating investigation into the mystery of human genius. First published, as The Creating Brain, in 2005.


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"Neuroscientists, until recently, shied away from the big questions--such as 'what is consciousness, ' 'what is abstract thinking, ' or (the topic of this book) 'what is creativity'--as being empirically unapproachable. Nancy Andreasen's book comes as a welcome antidote to this inherent conservatism and shows us how creativity can be approached scientifically. In a market flooded with 'new age' books on creativity, Dr. Andreasen's meticulously researched contribution comes as a breath of fresh air."--V.S. Ramachandran, MD, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California-San Diego, and author of A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness

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  • : 9780452287815
  • : putber
  • : putber
  • : 0.209
  • : September 2008
  • : books

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  • : Nancy C. Andreasen
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 224
  • : illustrations