©Arlene R. Taylor PhD
Webster’s Dictionary defines creativity as artistic or intellectual inventiveness. When most people talk about creativity, they are often referring primarily to musical, artistic, or literary talents. This partial definition tends to assign creativity to one portion of the brain only and is far too limiting! True creativity may really be the capacity to use functions from all four divisions as appropriate in whatever endeavor is undertaken.
Some consensus exists for four stages of creative problem solving:
All cerebral divisions possess intellectual inventiveness. That is, they are creative within their own functional spheres. Remember that creativity can be blocked when the brain is under prolonged stress or when the brain is downshifted due to fear, crisis, trauma, or anxiety.
Following are examples of the contributions that each cerebral division may offer to creative efforts.
The outcome of a collaborative effort (e.g., the four cerebral divisions working together) can be exponentially greater than the efforts of each section of the brain working independently. In order to achieve outstanding outcomes, synergistic brainstorming is a must and really is a whole-brain exercise.
Refer to Brain References: Creativity and the Brain for additional information.