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Jazz, Creativity, and the Brain

Performance Neuroscientists have recently begun to examine the elusive nature of human creativity. Join Dr. Charles Limb, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer as they discuss this fascinating new science and examine improvisational art forms such as jazz. Session As part of a research study, Dr. Charles Limb, Francis A. Sooy, MD Professor…

The Neuroscience of Freedom and Creativity

Earlier this year I trailed Joaquín Fuster’s latest book that he so kindly sent me as an uncorrected galley. I’m pleased to report that the book is now finally available. Not surprisingly, Hayek features in this work. If anyone suitably qualified would like to review this book for The Journal of Mind and Behavior or Cognitive Systems Research, please let me know. Pat Churchland has…

Stigmergic dimensions of online creative interaction

Extracts from Jimmy’s paper: The web has experienced a recent proliferation of design expert communities in domains from software engineering (e.g. Sourceforge and Github) to art (DeviantArt and others). These communities have become hotbeds of creative interaction, with users posting their projects, closely interacting on new endeavors, and engaging in spirited discussion about their craft.…

Neural Correlates of Lyrical Improvisation: An fMRI Study of Freestyle Rap

Here’s a study that would seem to be a companion to the earlier Neural Substrates of Spontaneous Musical Performance: An fMRI Study of Jazz Improvisation, Allen R. Braun the shared investigator. Allen R. BraunCognitive neuroscienceCognitive scienceconsciousnessCreativityDorsolateral prefrontal cortexFreestyle rapFunctional magnetic resonance imagingimprovisationJazzJazz ImprovisationmusicNeural correlateNeural network

The boredom of boozeless business

This piece from The Economist – cheers! Another recent paper from the journal Consciousness and Cognition by psychologists at the University of Illinois confirms what many have long suspected: a couple of drinks makes workers more creative. Tipsy employees, they say, find it hard to focus on a task, but this makes them more likely to…

Scathing Review of Jonah Lehrer’s Latest

H/T to Pat Churchland for this in the Guardian: How did Bob Dylan write “Like a Rolling Stone”? The pop-science writer Jonah Lehrer wasn’t there, but he pretends to know anyway. Reaching a self-adoring climax, Lehrer writes: “For the first time in human history, it’s possible to learn how the imagination actually works. Instead of…