In a fascinating tour of creativity and the brain, Nancy Andreasen, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa and the winner of the National Medal of Science, explores how the human brain achieves creative breakthroughs--in art, literature, music, and science--the role of genes and environment, extraordinary creativity vs. ordinary creativity, and the question of genius and insanity.
She examines what extraordinary creators have said about creating and how their insights reflect particular qualities of creative people, and she includes her fascinating interview with the playwright Neil Simon, in which he described how his mind and brain work. This book offers insight into what creates the creative brain as well as advice to nurture creativity in both children and adults.
"Our leading authority on creativity reveals herself with this splendid book as one of the most valuably creative persons of our time." (Kurt Vonnegut)"The author's passion and admiration for creative genius and the arts...is evidenced in her exploration...vividly describe[s] mental activities that are anything but ordinary." (
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