Conclusions

One area of the brain may be involved in creativity but has received little attention. More than one theorist has pointed to the prefontal lobes. Salvatore Arieti did so long ago, and others have echoed it, often citing tendencies involved in creativity and controlled by the prefrontal lobes. Elliott, for example, argued that creative behavior is a product of the human capacity to will. He believed that this implies that the prefrontal lobe must be engaged, ''thereby facilitating the harmonious functioning of the entire brain (left-right, top-bottom, front-back) and thus regulating all psychological functions associated with the creative process.'' In 2000, Torsten Norlander came to a similar conclusion but drew from what is known about the prefrontal dysfunction and hypofrontality of schizophrenic patients. (Data include the cerebral regional blood flow of schizophrenic patients.) Although largely inferential, this line of thought is noteworthy in part because it is consistent with the idea of balanced processes contributing to creative thinking. The balance may require communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and between logic and imagination (the magic synthesis), but it may also benefit from collaboration with the prefrontal lobes.

Empirical research on the prefrontal lobes and their role in creative thinking is needed. Fortunately, we can expect a great deal of progress to be made in the very near future. There are two reasons for this. First, the field of creative studies in growing explosively. The implications of creativity for health and learning are now widely recognized, as is the role of creativity in innovation, business, and technological advancement. Even more important may be the technological advances that are being made in medicine. These provide sophisticated methods for studying the brain. Soon, we should understand how the different parts and processes of the human brain correspond to the various components of the creativity complex.

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