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Is the ADHD Brain More Creative?

By |2016-11-20T07:53:45-05:00June 13th, 2011|Categories: ADD, ADHD, Movies/Music, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Is it possible that the impulsivity and quick-thinking that accompanies ADHD may also boost creativity? And what role does medication have in that creative process? Does stimulant medication hamper creativity, or boost it? The ADHD brain may not be held back as much by constraints on thinking. In a study by Abraham et al. (2006), adolescents [...]

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Study finds higher rate of creativity in children with bipolar disorder

By |2016-10-05T06:46:14-04:00March 18th, 2008|Categories: ADHD, Depression/Anxiety, Research|Tags: , , , , |

In a study of 40 children who had or were at risk for bipolar disorder scored higher on a measure of creativity than 18 children without the disorder. All of the children's parents had bipolar disorder. Half of the children of bipolar parents had bipolar disorder themselves, and the other half had ADHD. In the measure [...]

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Study of jazz musicians shows the brain’s role in creativity

By |2016-10-05T06:46:14-04:00March 10th, 2008|Categories: Movies/Music|Tags: , , |

Dr. Charles Limb at Johns Hopkins University used MRIs of jazz musicians to determine the brain's processes during jazz improvisation. When the musicians improvised, the brain's inhibition processes shut down. In addition, the brain's dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, where self-monitoring comes from, also shut down. The brain's medial prefrontal cortex turned on, which provides self-expression. Also, the [...]

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