neuroarts: exploring the creative mind, a series

We are engaging with the world around us and within us, making sense of our experiences, and uncovering new ideas. This lifelong process of discovery and creation, driven by the brain’s innate ability to engage in creative thought, is a unifying experience. But did you know that the creative process is not only crucial for building knowledge but also has profound implications for brain health?

I’m excited to share a new series “neuroarts: exploring the creative mind,” a cross-functional project (in tandem with integrated learning labs) that will share my understanding and helpful resources as I learn more. Join me on a journey into a realm where art intertwines with science, and uncover the transformative power of the creative process, depicting the heights of genius and the essence of survival.

Our brains are fascinatingly complex. They’re capable of formulating novel ideas and innovative ways of thinking, contributing to our ever-deepening knowledge and understanding. The ideal creative process involves the engagement of a well-connected brain that allows for the mixing and remixing of mental representations to create new thoughts and connections. 

The mechanics behind creativity rest largely on the synchronization of brain activity in various regions, primarily the frontal cortex and the parietal lobes. These parts of the brain work harmoniously to draw on our histories, learning, and imagination. 

The creative process acts as a panacea supporting brain health, mental health, and overall health. Engaging in creative behaviours has been shown to increase happiness, reduce anxiety, boost mood, and improve mental health. It can be an effective treatment for patients with dementia, as it reduces depression and isolation and helps individuals reconnect with their sense of self. It can also help individuals process trauma, regulate and manage emotions, and express experiences that are difficult to put into words. It’s a potent tool for emotional processing, allowing individuals to communicate their innermost feelings and experiences. Beyond mental and cognitive health, creativity has been found to optimize the immune system and improve overall physical health. 

The creative process is a deep well of adaptive capacity. There is an intricate relationship between creativity, the creative process, and the fascinating landscape of our brains. Stay tuned for the upcoming installments in this neuroarts series, where we’ll explore the vast spectrum of creative processes and how they shape our minds and lives.


The creative brain: Investigation of brain activity during creative problem solving by means of EEG and fMRI

The cognitive neuroscience of creativity 

A Correlational Study of Creativity, Happiness, Motivation, and Stress from Creative Pursuits

Creativity with dementia patients: Can creativity and art stimulate dementia patients positively?

Linking trauma to posttraumatic growth and mental health through emotional and cognitive creativity

Mended by the muse: Creative transformations of trauma

How the Immune System Deploys Creativity: Why We Can Learn From Astronauts and Cosmonauts

Research on creativity and aging: The positive impact of the arts on health and illness

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