Do you think you are you creative? Are you sure?

Do you think you are you creative? Are you sure? Try to pass a simple test: How many ways can you use a brick? (Think of a list of at least 10 uses). Do you think we are joking and bricks are only needed for construction? No, a brick can be:

- A weight for fitness;

- A heater — it keeps warmth if heated (lifehack in case of apocalypse);

- A measure of weight and height;

- A subject for meditation.

There are another 100 non-standard ways to use a brick, which psychologists use to explore creative thinking.

Creativity is directly related to the intellect and non-standard thinking, but it is also a trained skill that can be developed — in particular, using the neural stimulator #BasisNeuro.

Scientists have studied and attempted to explain a person’s ability to think creatively by scanning the brain in a magnetic resonance imager (fMRI) as part of a new Harvard study.

The study involved 163 people who passed a classic test of “divergent thinking” in the tasks of alternative use of various objects — for example, bricks, a sock or a rubber band, after which their responses were evaluated on a scale for non-standard approach.

The results of brain scans revealed that many regions were activated during the tests, among which three independent networks were the most distinguished, each of which included different cortical formations that perform different roles in the process of solving creative tasks. One of the networks consisted of frontal, prefrontal and parietal cortex — the key regions responsible for thinking and imagination. Another network consisted of frontal limbic links operating as an evaluation mechanism and an internal censor of new ideas. Finally, the third network is, in a way, the connecting element between the first two networks, and it is located in the region of the insular cortex hidden under the cerebral hemispheres.

The results of additional testing revealed that the brains of creative people most intensively used these three networks simultaneously, which allowed them to approach problem solving in a non-standard way. Interestingly enough, the results correspond to recent fMRI examinations of professional artists, jazz musicians improvising melodies, and poets.

“New research is required to determine whether these networks can be trained or if they are relatively stable. Can the overall capacity for creative thinking be increased by influencing the connections between these brain networks? This remains to be seen. So far, these questions remain unanswered,” says Roger Beaty, who leads the Harvard research.

However, there is a realistic solution for stimulating brain regions for the development, inter alia, of creative abilities in another applied area of research — the use of transcranial (non-invasive) brain stimulation with a low-intensity direct current. One of our working prototypes #neuralstimulator #BasisNeuro significantly increases the productivity of operating memory and speeds up thinking processes in healthy people. This is achieved through cortical (that is, through the cortex) excitability in the region of stimulation (frontal and temporal brain regions) and natural intensification of neuronal activity. The method of electrical brain stimulation is one of the potential safe ways to influence the processes of creative thinking and creativity, and they already exist.