Sunday, May 12, 2013

Creativity and the Everyday Brain with Rex Jung (from On Being)

From On Being, with Krista Tippett, a discussion with clinical neuropsychologist Rex Jung on creativity, brainstorming, and A Beautiful Mind, among other things.


May 2, 2013

How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettles some old assumptions — and suggests some new connections between creativity and family life, creativity and aging, and creativity and purpose.


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Rex Jung is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico and a practicing clinical neuropsychologist in Albuquerque. He's a Distinguished Senior Advisor to The Positive Neuroscience Project based at the University of Pennsylvania.


Selected Readings:

Groupthink: The Brainstorming Myth

Read The New Yorker article on brainstorming that Rex Jung and Krista discussed in the show, which includes discussion of MIT's Building 20.

Selected Video

Beautiful Minds: The Creative Brain Across Time and Cultures (video)

Director Julie Taymor and neuroscientists Rex Jung and Douglas Fields deliberate the idea of genius and the possible effects of new technology on attention and creativity.

Beautiful Minds: The Enigma of Genius (video)

Neuroscientists and artists untangle questions about genius, creativity, and exceptionality at the World Science Festival. Panelists include Rex Jung, director Julie Taymor, and composer Philip Glass.

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