Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 378–387

Creativity and schizotypy from the neuroscience perspective

Authors

    • Institute of Psychology, Biological Psychology DivisionUniversity of Graz
  • Bernhard Weber
    • Institute of Psychology, Biological Psychology DivisionUniversity of Graz
  • Karl Koschutnig
    • Institute of Psychology, Biological Psychology DivisionUniversity of Graz
  • Mathias Benedek
    • Institute of Psychology, Biological Psychology DivisionUniversity of Graz
  • Gernot Reishofer
    • Department of RadiologyMedical University of Graz
  • Franz Ebner
    • Department of Radiology, Division of NeuroradiologyMedical University of Graz
  • Ilona Papousek
    • Institute of Psychology, Biological Psychology DivisionUniversity of Graz
  • Elisabeth M. Weiss
    • Institute of Psychology, Biological Psychology DivisionUniversity of Graz
Article

DOI: 10.3758/s13415-013-0210-6

Cite this article as:
Fink, A., Weber, B., Koschutnig, K. et al. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci (2014) 14: 378. doi:10.3758/s13415-013-0210-6

Abstract

Behavioral research has revealed that some cognitive features may be similar between creative and psychotic/schizophrenic-like thoughts. In this study, we addressed the potential link between creativity and schizotypy at the level of the brain by investigating functional patterns of brain activity (using functional magnetic resonance imaging) during creative cognition in preselected groups with low versus high psychometrically determined schizotypy. Our findings revealed an association between the originality component of creativity and reduced deactivation of right parietal brain regions and the precuneus during creative cognition, congruent with the idea that more-creative people may include many more events/stimuli in their mental processes than do less-creative people. Similarly, the high-schizotypy group showed weaker deactivation of the right precuneus during creative cognition. The fact that originality and schizotypy show similar functional brain activity patterns during creative ideation (i.e., reduced deactivation of the right precuneus) strongly supports the contention that similar mental processes may be implicated in creativity and in psychosis proneness.

Keywords

FMRICreative ideationSchizotypyOriginality

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