Your brain uses lots of different pathways to communicate – which form complex networks in your brain. Creativity depends on the cooperation of two competing networks: one that generates spontaneous thoughts (the default mode network) and the executive control center of the brain that governs everything else. Our random, free-flowing thoughts that are worthy of further exploration pop into our consciousness when they’re recruited by the executive control network.
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This episode was written by Bahar Gholipour and produced/animated by Vanessa Hill.
FURTHER READING 📚
Kidd, C., & Hayden, B. Y. (2015). The psychology and neuroscience of curiosity. Neuron, 88(3), 449-460. http://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(15)00767-9
De Pisapia, N., Bacci, F., Parrott, D., & Melcher, D. (2016). Brain networks for visual creativity: a functional connectivity study of planning a visual artwork. Scientific reports, 6. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep39185