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Researcher to share latest findings on the neuroscience of creativity

A free webinar Tuesday will look at the science behind creativity.
A free webinar Tuesday will look at the science behind creativity.
Daniel Horowitz for NPR

How do we measure creativity? What can science teach us about how we create art?

Neuropsychologist Rex E. Jung will tackle these issues and more in a free webinar Tuesday put on by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. It's open to the public.

Jung also shares some details about the research in a related article on the NEA website.

"We have embarked on a study of 'little c' creativity in our laboratory, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, designed to uncover what behaviors and brain attributes are important to the expression of creativity in young adults," Jung wrote.

Among his findings: "Musical talent might be an interesting and overlooked precursor to scientific creativity."

The NEA task force is an alliance of more than a dozen federal departments, agencies, divisions and offices. It began in 2011 to cultivate research on the arts.

Sunil Iyengar, director of research and analysis for the NEA, will moderate the one-hour webinar that begins at noon PST. Advance registration is required online.

Jung is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico and a researcher at the Mind Research Network. He has studied creativity, as well as intelligence and schizophrenia.

To follow along Tuesday via twitter search for #NEAtaskforce.

Archives of the task force's webinar's are available on the NEA's website. Past webinars include one that looks at how music affects the way the brain functions and another that looks at how arts education can help transform struggling schools.