Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Your Brain on Improv - Creative Process Seen on fMRI

This is a fascinating presentation of a project in which musicians (a jazz pianist and a rapper) undergo different activities while in a functional MRI machine.  It can be seen which areas of the brain are engaged (or not) while the musician performs something memorized versus something improvised.  Enjoy.

Charles Limb is a surgeon who studies creativity.  Currently on faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Peabody School of Music.  Previously at National Institutes of Health.


  1. I wish I could have one of those scans. Is there an app for that? :)

  2. Fascinating! Now could they study how the results vary when people who have brain impairment, `eg MS, try to do the same thing?

  3. Lisa, thanks for sharing this very interesting video. I just love TED, it makes living with MS endurable. :-)

    Ellie in WI