Theme and Variations as a Window into the Creative Mind
A central question in the neuro-imaging of creativity is: what sort of tasks should subjects perform? As researchers explore new paradigms, classical music’s theme and variations form is a promising resource: it is easy to explain, has ample precedent in history, and is readily adaptable to other fields. Most notably, it offers a way to examine a key aspect of the creative process: the tension between novelty and familiarity.
KeywordsCreativity Imagination Novelty Music Theme and variations Neuroimaging Divergent thinking Idea generation
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