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Highly creative people have brains similar to those with schizophrenia

Posted May 19 2010 8:34pm

New research provides more neuroscientific explanation for the link between mental health/illness and creativity.

A press release reports:

“By studying receptors in the brain, researchers at Karolinska Institute have managed to show that the dopamine system in healthy, highly creative people is similar in some respects to that seen in people with schizophrenia.

“High creative skills have been shown to be somewhat more common in people who have mental illness in the family.

“Creativity is also linked to a slightly higher risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Certain psychological traits, such as the ability to make unusual or bizarre associations are also shared by schizophrenics and healthy, highly creative people.”

Continued in article Creativity linked to mental health and illness

[Painting: "Mercury" by David Marsh, who is schizophrenic.]

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