21 Jun 2011

The Brain on improv

Here at work is the master of improvisation on the piano - Keith Jarrett. The video below from Charles Limb looks at what is actually going on inside the brain during such a performance. The thesis is "can we really study this level of creativity scientifically". i.e. can we work out how it happens and code a machine to do it? I think not.... Enjoy 

Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation -- so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.

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