April 20, 2021

Structural Brain Correlates of Creative Personality

Creative individuals and their enigmatic personalities have always been a subject of fascination. The current study explored the neuroanatomical basis of creative personality using voxel-based morphometry. The sample comprised of two groups – Creative (CR) group (professional creative artists) and matched controls with no demonstrated artistic creativity (NC) with 20 participants in each group, in the age range of 20-40 years, right-handed, and had minimum average intelligence (IQ > 90). Participants in CR were selected using the creativity achievement questionnaire, creativity was assessed using the Wallach & Kogan test of creativity, and personality was administered using NEO-FFI. Results indicated significantly higher openness to new experiences in CR which positively correlates with the right middle frontal gyrus. An increased grey matter volume in the inferior frontal gyrus, anterior cingulate gyrus in CR, pointing towards the integration of cognitive and imaginative processes that might be implicated in creative personality.

 bioRxiv Subject Collection: Neuroscience

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