What factors shape their artistic vision that is so different from what you see in your own mind,” he said.
A more recent paper published in PLoS ONE in July 2012 suggests that the brain may not have been enough of a driving force during creative processes, rather like those of the human brain, evolution has shaped other parts of the brain to suit these needs.
The paper, authored by the University of Oxford’s Dr Christopher Dunn, Dr Sarah Purdy and Dr Colin Blake, looks at a variety of factors. The researchers found that creativity and problem-solving was not the only brain function that was altered during human evolution.
Professor of evolutionary psychology, Dr Simon Baron-Cohen, said: “These new findings are really exciting and show how the brain is constantly changing, and that we may not always be as certain as we think we are.”
The new paper suggests the brain has many more functional networks than we had thought, and that we may have changed the way we think in the past to keep up with the changing environment. For example, the researchers suggest creative thinking is driven by brain regions called the medial prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum, as well as the limbic system.
Professor Baron-Cohen has also warned of the dangers of trying to link the evolution of brains, cognition and creativity, saying it may be dangerous to attempt to make the human mind a ‘blank slate’. His research has also shown that people may be better at remembering, remembering what we’ve done rather than remembering what we have done, as our brains are working at a different rate than when we were doing something less complicated in our lives.
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