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Did you know? Creative brains engage neurological networks that are not typical to regular brains, according to Harvard University; understanding how creativity affects us is of great use in our everyday lives. Psychologists have long known that the Default Mode Network (DMN) is a central component in memory, mind-wandering, and spontaneity. However, the DMN is a network that is typically activated in a regular brain. So what differentiates a creative brain from a typical brain?

More Networks At Work

Creative brains have a unique ability to engage parts of the brain that are not easily accessible to normal brains. These are the Salience Network (SN) and the Executive Control Network (ECN). The SN is responsible for detecting relevant information, whereas the ECN is responsible for concentrating on a particular piece of information, which allows us to forget irrelevant information, while focusing on what matters. Both of these networks allow creative people to process recalled information more accessibly.

How Creativity Affects Us

Creativity has positive and negative effects on us socially and professionally. Social and professional situations often involve some level problem-solving, and this can be something as simple as figuring out how to interact in a conversation, or it can be technical like finding a better way to save taxes or a more efficient algorithm. In such situations, being higher in creativity results in devising a greater number of ways to solve a problem compared to the norm, which gives us a greater number of possible solutions to choose from. In turn, a greater number of options can increase the likelihood of reaching a more desirable solution. Here's the flip-side to creativity: devising more options and sorting through them takes more time than the norm.

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not to be misinterpreted as medical, clinical, or any other professional advice. The views expressed are opinions and / or ideas founded on research and clinical experience. These views are meant to provoke awareness and inquiry into various issues, and thus, create an open-minded dialogue, civil discussion, and respectful debate among our readers. Any claims made are subject to change should new studies be conducted that disprove these claims.

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