ResearchBlogCast #10: Does being a little crazy make you more creative?

ResearchBlogCast 31 Comments
By Dave Munger

ResearchBlogging.orgThroughout history we’ve seen examples of artists and others who, while possessing amazing talent, also don’t seem “normal.” Whether it be tormented artists like Vincent van Gogh, or the stereotype of the “mad scientist,” it often seems like a little schizophrenia might underlie amazing genius.

In fact, some psychological studies have found that schizophrenics do tend to be more creative than normal people. But is there a neurological basis for creativity?

Each week, Kevin Zelnio, Razib Khan, and I choose one or more journal articles that have been covered by bloggers on to discuss in podcast form. Ideally, you’ll read the blog post first to get a general understanding of the research, then listen to our podcast to hear our impressions. Here is the article we’re discussing this week:

de Manzano, Ö., Cervenka, S., Karabanov, A., Farde, L., & Ullén, F. (2010). Thinking Outside a Less Intact Box: Thalamic Dopamine D2 Receptor Densities Are Negatively Related to Psychometric Creativity in Healthy Individuals PLoS ONE, 5 (5) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010670

The report was discussed on several blogs:

Since this remains an experimental project, we’d appreciate any feedback you can offer on the podcast.



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    Great podcast guys. Picked up on it FF and since the audio file was embedded there, listened to this one over there. With hindsight, as alluded to above, I should have studied the Manu and blog posts before diving straight into the podcast – I’ll know better next time.

    Teeny weeny wee minor niggle. Dave, you might want to move yer (head?)mic further away from the nostril area ;-)

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