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“Expert analysis of the connections between extraordinary creativity,mental illness, intelligence, and the social environment… Andreasen leaves us with hope that the potential exists to enhance the creative capacity in our children and ourselves.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Andreasen writes with clarity and ease… She makes wonderful connections between the arts and the sciences.” —Nature

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"Expert analysis of the connections between extraordinary creativity,mental illness, intelligence, and the social environment… Andreasen leaves us with hope that the potential exists to enhance the creative capacity in our children and ourselves."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Andreasen writes with clarity and ease… She makes wonderful connections between the arts and the sciences."
Nature
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287815
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very engaging book that looks at the components of creativity and the characteristics of a creative person. It becomes clear that creativity is not always appreciated until sometime after the idea itself. Mendel and Copernicus were never classed as creative until after their death. The artist van Gogh was not considered creative until others deemed him to be so. To me, one of the most fascinating chapters is the link between creative genius and socially labelled 'madness'. There appears to be a link between eccentricity, psychiatric disorders and moments of brilliance. Does the brain need some 'disorganisation' before it reorganises the data in a different and unique way to create a genius idea? This and many aspects of creativty are discussed. Whether you are a student of intelligence and thinking, or whether you are curious as to why you or others think differently, then you will throughly enjoy this book by a very clever author who got a PhD in Renaissance English literature before becoming a psychiatrist. That blend of background alone should alert you to a fascinating read. You will learn that intelligence does not make you creative. As a bonus, she even gives you a chapter on how to think creatively yourself. I'd love to have a long lunch with Dr Andreasen.
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The objective of this review is to critique and summarize this book for educational purposes: I am taking Introductory Neuroscience at the Georgia Institute of Technology and was assigned to find a book with a topic of interest that pertains to the science of the brain, read it, and summarize my thoughts on it. The topic of creativity is of extreme interest to me and would rather be creative than "book-smart." Overall, the book was easy to read and interesting, although I did find it to be a very surface level introduction into the science of creativity.
The Creative Brain begins with an introduction to what creativity is and is measured in terms of originality, utility (how useful the creation is), and its final product. Author Nancy Andreasen colorfully describes many instances of creative thinking at work, from the moment a person obtained a stone and realized its potential use as a tool, to the creation of beautiful and awe-inspiring masterpieces of artists. What separates these people from others that give them extraordinary creativity that only a handful of individuals possess? According to the author creativity is found and further enriched in terms of nature and nurture. One possible example of "hereditary" creativity is the Huxley family. Thomas Henry Huxley was a notable English biologist. His grandson Julian Huxley was an anthropologist who worked on the theory of evolution. Andrew Huxley was a distinguished physiologist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on neural impulses and muscle contraction. Aldous Huxley was a novelist who famously wrote Brave New World in 1932. One possible example of nurtures influence on creativity is, as the author describes, the cradle of creativity.
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I recommend this book to people who would like an introduction to the neuroscience of creativity. The author is an MD, who has a PhD in English Renaissance Literature. Despite the complex nature of the topic, straddling arts and science, the book was an effortless, breezy read but I had to go back and reread my marked/highlighted lines and pages, to commit them to some alcove in my brain.
So, what did I gain from reading this book? Some insights, such as:
* "...most creative people are smart but don't have to be extremely smart. An IQ around 120 is good enough...except for scientists."
* "Personality traits that define the creative individual include openness to experience, adventuresomeness, rebelliousness, individualism, sensitivity, playfulness, persistence, curiosity and simplicity."
* The key components of the creative people: 1. Slip into a state of intense concentration and focus. 2. The muse sits on my shoulder. 3. Prone to have a wandering mind, flooded with ideas and thoughts and a tendency not to censor them. 4. Disengaged, dispassionate observers, and seem aloof, detached and even coldhearted, at times.
* "During the creative process the brain begins by disorganizing, making links between shadowy forms of objects or symbols or words or remembered experiences that have not been previously linked. Out of this disorganization, self-organization eventually emerges and takes over in the brain." (Shades of Chaos Theory!).
* How the brain's self-organization process, when done right can lead to a new idea or creativity. Done wrong, it can lead to psychosis. There is a correlation between genius and insanity, between creativity in children and the rate of mental illness in biological parents.
* Environments that cradle and nurture creativity.
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"The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius", by Nancy Andreasen, Plume Book, NY 2006. ISBN 0-432-28781-2. PC 197/181 pages includes Preface, Biblio., and Index plus 33 photos/Illus. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Prev. publ. as "The Creating Brain")

A delightful, informative and instructive book for anyone interested in or charged with task of optimal nurturing human potential. Dr. Andreasen, PhD (Lit.) also psychiatrist MD, addresses the nature of creativity, tackles the co-existence of genius and insanity issue, queries what creates the creative brain and as denouement, expounds upon building better brains.

The clarity of her writing, reviews of literary material on creativity, presentation of findings of her own research links between creativity and insanities, and concise up-to-date reviews of neuroscience anatomy and revelations provided by mMRI, sMRI and fMRI observations is excellent for both scientist and non-scientists. She concludes on techniques to maximize nurturing to enhance maximum potential of inherent creativity in a manner clearly timely (TV, urbanism, etc.) in a manner pleasureable to read. Having read more than a dozen books devoted to definition and origin of genius/gifted/creative children, this book stands singularly as an excellent read that is both timely and not in need of glossaries for jargon terminology. The inclusion of 'life-changing exercises for your brain' is sufficient reason to read this treatise.
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