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Schizophrenia v creativity.

Highly creativity appears to be more common in families with a history of mental illness, and is linked to an increased risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Prof Fredrik Ullén compared the way the brain works in creative people and schizophrenics and found an unusual mechanism common to both.

They share a low density of D2 dopamine receptors in the thalamus, a key part of the brain involved in relaying signals from one site to another. This reduction allows more cross-brain connections to get through.

In this study, creativity was defined as the ability to find many different solutions for tasks from divergent psychological tests.

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May 18, 2010 - Posted by | Brain, Fredrik Ullén, Schizophrenia

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