Acclaimed brain scientist Nancy Andreasen proposes that, due to enriched connections between certain areas of the brain, geniuses are able to tap into the unconscious mind in ways that most of us can’t. She also explores the link between creativity and mental illness, and she shows how all of us can enhance our creative potential through mental exercises. Clearly and accessibly written, The Creative Brain is a fascinating investigation into the mystery of human genius.
“Andreasen writes with clarity and ease… She makes wonderful connections between the arts and the sciences.” —Nature
I. The Nature of Creativity: The Ingenious Human Brain
II. In Search of Xanadu: Understanding the Creative Person and the Creative Process
III. Reaching Xanadu: How Does the Brain Create?
IV. Genius and Insanity: Creativity and Brain Disease
V. What Creates the Creative Brain?
VI. Building Better Brains: Creativity and Brain Plasticity