The Brain and Creativity

It is a common misconception that left-brained thinkers are more logical and better at mathematics while right-brained thinkers are creative and artistic. The information that your left eye receives does not just go to the left or right side of the brain where it is connected either.
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In reality the left side and the right side work simultaneously. It is true that different areas of the brain are responsible for particular functions, and damage to areas of the brain can effect their ability to function properly.¬† If we are going to separate the brain into it’s functional areas, it would be more accurate to describe the lobes of the brain and their functions.

The frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, and temporal lobe are responsible for problem solving, motor function, judgement, sensation, body position, memory, hearing, and visual processing. Just as we generally have two arms and two legs, we also have a left and a right hemisphere of each lobe. Excitatory and inhibitory Neurotransmitters send signals throughout the body and control their processes. Alcohol, for example, effects neurotransmitters and their influence on the chemical signals to the brain and body which causes what we know as a drunken state.

The entire brain is responsible for the creative process. As with anything, the only way to get better at something is to practice. Seeing impressive artwork and thinking that you wish you could do that is an excuse not to try. The best artists are practicing all the time. They constantly doodle, paint, play music, build things, brainstorm, and learn from other artists. I’m not saying that all painters can play music, but whatever their media is, they work on it every day for years; Not every song is a hit, and not every painting is a masterpiece.
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The talent for art exists because the brain has the ability to learn and adapt. Our muscles strengthen as we use them and our fine motor skills are refined with use. It is the same for what we consider to be logical fields such as mathematics and science. The more the brain works through the process, the easier it is to recall information that we can use to be excellent in any field. If you want to be able to do something and do it well, the only thing that is stopping you is you.

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