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Artists’ brains really are different, but is it nature or nurture?

Why are artists' brains different?
Why are artists' brains different?
Chris Nickels for NPR

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There hasn’t been much research to determine what makes some people more creative than others. But that’s about to change.

UCLA's Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity’s “Big C” project has been conducting studies to see if artists reject more social conventions, have different brain organization and if there’s an increase in brain tissue dedicated to higher visual processing. They’re also asking big questions about whether creativity is innate or learned.

So what did they find? Robert Bilder, a researcher on the project talks to Patt Morrison today to reveal the findings and unanswered questions about creativity and the brain.


Robert Bilder, chief of medical psychology and neuropsychology at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and one of the researchers on UCLA's Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity's “Big C” project