Friday, November 23, 2012

Neuroanatomy of Freestyle Rapping

What happens inside the brain of someone like Eminem when he freestyles?

The prestigious magazine Nature has the answer.

While freestyling, brain scans revealed that areas in the prefrontal cortex associated with "organization and drive" rose in activity, while areas responsible for self-assessment and restraint froze. While freestyling, "an entire, unique network emerges ... motivation, language, emotion, motor function, sensory processing and the representation of the artists' subject experience all interact in unusual ways."

The researchers believe this activity inside the prefrontal cortex is fundamental to all expressions of creativity - not just freestyling. So, maybe man is most genuine early on in the creative process ... and as time lapses, we become less so.

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