Frontal lobe

I just finished the book Accidental Genius by Mark Levy. He teaches you how to be creative, solve problems and process thoughts through free writing. I’ve tried this a few times now and it’s surprising just how much comes out when you push past the “editor” in your brain. Sometimes it’s nonsense and sometimes it’s amazingly profound. Here’s how an article in the magazine Fast Company explains it:

When you're getting creative, you relax your inhibitions.

Stanford professor Tina Seelig shows us why in her book InGenius: In one study, jazz musicians were asked to improvise while having their brains monitored via fMRI. Something harmonic happened: As the artists performed, the parts of the frontal lobe associated with judgment went quiet. This shows that while self-monitoring is often useful--you don't want to say everything that passes through your mind--it can get in the way of new ideas.

"Creative people have apparently mastered the art of turning off this part of their brains to let their ideas flow more smoothly, unleashing their imagination," she writes…

Remember there are times when it’s good to turn off your frontal lobe!

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