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Creative People Really Do Think Differently

In an article published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Dartmouth College’s Meghan Meyer, UCLA Anderson’s Hal E. Hershfield, Northwestern’s Adam Waytz, and Princeton’s Judith Mildner and Diana Tamir establish that creative minds are indeed more attuned to think about the distant future. Using functional MRI testing that measures brain activity, they find there’s a neural tic involved: creatives tap into a piece of brain real estate when tasked with distant-thinking that is not activated among non-creatives. Even when in neutral rest mode, this dorsomedial brain system was firing for creatives.

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