Saturday, November 28, 2009

This Is Your Brain On Jazz: Researchers Use MRI To Study Spontaneity, Creativity

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  • Debra Hurd

  • h/t Region 19 BOE Gazette

    ScienceDaily — A pair of Johns Hopkins and government scientists have discovered that when jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off areas linked to self-censoring and inhibition, and turn on those that let self-expression flow.

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    Jeanne Iris said...

    Fascinating, Andy!
    Will recommend this reading to my Intro. to Creative Process class. Thank you!
    The following books are sources in my own book on the semiotic theory of iconic realism. You might find them to be interesting reads since they relate to this topic:

    Levitin, Daniel J. This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession. London: Penguin, 2007.

    Mithen, Steven. The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body. Boston: Harvard UP, 2006.

    andy thibault said...

    thanks for those titles, Jeanne, will check them out. best wishes, andy