Location of Imagination Found in Brain
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers from Dartmouth University have pinpointed the areas of the brain responsible for the human imagination.
Using a functional MRI scanning machine, researchers asked 15 participants to imagine certain visual shapes and then to create more complex shapes or dismantle them. The MRI images showed a subcortical and cortical network of neural connections, which resembles an abstract “mental workspace” in the brain. This network allows humans to consciously control images, shapes, and ideas, while also allowing for an increased focus needed to solve complex problems.
"Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively," lead study author Alex Schlegel was quoted as saying. "Understanding these differences will give us insight into where human creativity comes from and possibly allow us to recreate those same creative processes in machines."
For more information, go to: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/09/13/1311149110
SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 2013
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