Talent, You’re Born With. Creativity, You Can Grow Yourself

Jyoti Mishra: In the Stanford study, participants exercised cognitive flexibility to generate creative solutions in the classroom. Meanwhile, the meditative training of the Dalian-Oregon study was an exercise in cognitive persistence, the main focus being on building greater awareness of one’s sensory experiences. While the researchers in these studies didn’t use brain imaging, one can imagine the dynamic dance between the control networks in the brains of the learners, finely collaborating with the spontaneous-thought-generating default network. Overall, these studies suggest that there might be multiple ways to enhance creativity — many pathways to a more creative brain.

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