The Creative Brain

The Creative Brain

The Science of Genius

By Nancy C. Andreasen

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452287815, 197pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2006

Description
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 Poincare, 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.



About the Author
Nancy C. Andreasen, a former professor of English, is now a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine as well as president-elect of the Psychiatric Research Society. She has written more than 100 scientific papers and has received the Hibbs Award from the American Psychiatric Association for best research in a paper on clinical psychiatry.


Praise For The Creative Brain

“Expert analysis of the connections between extraordinary creativity,mental illness, intelligence, and the social environment… Andreasen leaves us with hope that the potential exists to enhance the creative capacity in our children and ourselves.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)



“Andreasen writes with clarity and ease… She makes wonderful connections between the arts and the sciences.” —Nature