Friday, December 02, 2005

Imagine Slow - Drawing in Your Mind

Here's a very different view of creative imagining. This uses EEG synchrony and female artists and non-artists who were asked to draw a picture in their mind. Look at much more delta (the slowest wave frequency) interhemispheric synchronization goes on when artists draw pictures in their mind.

The slowness of the imaging process is supported in many other sorts of anecdotal reports and studies, but too often it's underappreciated, as slow responders can be written off as slow minds in general.

Another interesting finding in this study is that the non-artists seemed to synchronizing their frontal lobes more than artists to do the task. Maybe this is more akin to the analytical approaches to creative problem solving.

Imagining slow is likely to be better for different types of designing in our brains. Where we end up may depend on the cognitive routes we take.

BTW, we'll be out of town next week to give a training seminar to the Gifted Curriculum Coordinators of North Carolina. We'll be back to December 10th. Have a great week.

Drawing in Your Mind EEG

1 comment:

  1. "Maybe this is more akin to the analytical approaches to creative problem solving"

    Speaking as a former art major turned history major I think you would have the frontal lobe engagement in non-artists because:

    a) Problem solving - they are trying to figure out line placement, perspective, composition etc. Speaking from experience,this is actually harder to do in your head than sketching freely on paper if you are trying to creatively come up with something new.

    b) Automatically trying to learn/execute a new fine motor skill while simultaneously trying to problem solve a) - I'm dubious that you can " purely" visualize an image without also activating the areas of the brain that would deal with carrying the image out with a pen or brush. Much like visualizing yourself doing a golf swing activates the neural networks involved in physically swinging a club

    So there would be a "coordinating" function going on in addition, I would hypothesize. Perhaps moreso than with experienced or talented artists.

    Your blog is always very interesting to me BTW