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From: The Real Neuroscience of Creativity by Scott Barry Kaufman at Beautiful Minds.

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Are you an poet or a numbers person? Are you creative or logical? Whatever you are, you might have been offered as an explanation for your tendencies that you were right-brained or left-brained. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the reality of our brains is much messier. As Scott Barry Kaufman explains in his post, “The Real Neuroscience of Creativity” neuroscientists are rethinking how creativity is implemented in the brain.

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  1. 1. SciJer 5:05 pm 08/21/2013

    I am a 79 yr old Chem engineer with a background in a lot of technical areas, including lasers, gasoline, and everything leads me to agree that my long-held belief that the brain was NOT limited to one side or the other, is true. In my study of lasers and holography, I formed the “understanding” that MY brain seemed to have the ability to incorporate workings from one side as it was working to solve a problem, with the working from the other side, depending on the nature of the problem! Personally, I am extremely scientific, as well as having the ability to function well in areas of more esthetic and artistic pursuits, while on the subject of my immediate interest. This holographic rendition makes sense for the body to use as an efficient means of accessing the features of the mind’s resources. I have never felt that an education of a child should be directed to the features of the right, nor the left, side because he is good at art, or math, or the other areas in which he is interested, but should teach to the “whole”, without regard to “sidedness”. Only when an education is “broad”, as well as “deep”, can the person function outstandingly well in all areas. A TOUGH JOB, BUT ONE THAT SHOULD BE ASPIRED TO! I also recognize that creating an interest in broad areas for students is tough, but isn’t that a good teacher aspires toward?!
    PS Good article and keep on this trail!!

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