Stanford researchers have discovered the seat of creativity, and frontal lobe -you’re not it. Turns out that the cerebellum, an area we associate with cave person shambling movement more than Michaelango’s paintings, is the seat of creativity. Too much executive frontal lobe involvement, just like too much middle management, is the death of creativity.
The study, based on doing Pictionary style words while in an MRI (now there’s a party game that has yet to catch on), showed that the cerebellum, not the frontal lobe, was where creativity took place. Frontal lobe efforts were graded far less creative. (Here’s the study).
So the next time you want to be creative, maybe its time to stop staring at the screen and time to start moving. Engage your inner cave creative.