ERIC Number: ED025814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Theory of Nonverbal Creativity.
Anderson, Charles C.
Nonverbal creativity, here primarily referring to scientific or mathematical creativity, is considered a function of a set of psychophysiological characteristics. The most important of these, necessary and sufficient for nonverbal creativity, is seen to be a slight dominance of hippocampal or cortical inhibitory activity over reticular, or cortical arousal, activity. Considerable evidence, historical, biographical, and experimental, is brought to support this position. To the extent that the verbal centers in the dominant cerebral hemisphere are highly developed in early childhood, the corresponding interpretive centers in the nondominant hemisphere are undeveloped. These two physiological relationships have observable psychological counterparts in the taciturn, noncommunicative person demonstrating nondistractable concentration and susceptibility to mental fatigue and temporary memory impairment, all characteristics of the nonverbally creative person as illustrated historically. (BP)
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Authoring Institution: Canadian Council for Research in Education, Ottawa (Ontario).
Note: Paper presented at the Sixth Canadian Conference on Educational Research, Ste. Foy, Quebec, June 1968.