The NEUROSCIENCE of CREATIVITY ~ Tips to maximize your creativity.

Creativity is not a ‘right brain’ function. Creativity is a whole brain process involving cognition, emotion, and conscious and unconscious processing.

There are three large-scale brain networks involved:

1.       Executive Attention Network involved in attention, problem solving, use of working memory and focus. Involves communication between lateral prefrontal cortex and posterior parietal lobe.

2.       Imagination Network constructs dynamic mental simulations such as remembering, thinking about the future, imagining alternative perspectives and scenarios, and social cognition. Involves prefrontal cortex, medial temporal lobe and parietal cortex.

 3.       Salience Network constantly monitors both external events – executive and imagination. Consists of dorsal anterior cingulate cortices and anterior insular cortex. 

 You want to loosen your associations, allow your mind to roam free, imagine new possibilities and silence the inner critic.

Tips to maximize your creativity:

• Become an expert.

• Observe what is currently available and what problems they face.

• Step out of your comfort zone.

• Be willing to work alone.

• Talk to outsiders or non-experts for a novel perspective about your work.

• Have fun and use positive mood.

• Take a nap or let your mind wander.

• Take a break.

• Challenge yourself by disrupting your daily routine.

• Intentionally trying to dream about a particular problem (dream incubation).

“…being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost." Csikszentmihalyi

I’m Barbara Kunz, Canadian Ageless Grace Trainer and my passion is to help aging adults to tap into their creativity and imagination through body and brain movements.  Creativity has been known as one of the five areas of the brain that when ‘sparked up’ can help improve or maintain your brain health. It’s as easy as child’s play! 

I would like to thank Dr. Sarah McKay, Founder of The Neuroscience Academy for the above information.

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