Difficulties in the neuroscience of creativity: Jazz improvisation and the scientific method

Malinda Mcpherson, Charles J. Limb

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Abstract

Creativity is a fundamental and remarkable human capacity, yet the scientific study of creativity has been limited by the difficulty of reconciling the scientific method and creative processes. We outline several hurdles and considerations that should be addressed when studying the cognitive neuroscience of creativity and suggest that jazz improvisation may be one of the most useful experimental models for the study of spontaneous creativity. More broadly, we argue that studying creativity in a way that is both scientifically and ecologically valid requires collaboration between neuroscientists and artists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-83
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1303
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz
  • Neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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