In a recent study from Harvard, neuroscientists identified the correlation between highly creative work and the utilization of all three primary networks in the brain: the default network, the executive network and the salience network. The Whole Mind.
>At the neural level, we found a pattern of functional brain connectivity related to high-creative thinking ability consisting of frontal and parietal regions within default, salience, and executive brain systems
Leading them to this conclusion:
>The findings thus reveal a whole-brain network associated with high-creative ability comprised of cortical hubs within default, salience, and executive systems—intrinsic functional networks that tend to work in opposition—suggesting that highly creative people are characterized by the ability to simultaneously engage these large-scale brain networks.
These neural connections in our brain are referred to as connectomes. It appears that the better we can develop connections that intergrate these three primary networks, the faster we can become meaning makers - those that are trying to decipher complexity in order to reduce that surprise referenced in the Free Energy Principle.
We ponder the nature of these three networks, seeking a simplified essence that may help us better understand them.
The default network, our first network that was developed in our evolution, is tied to our feelings about ourselves and others. As such, it may be the one most integrated with the neural bundles found in the heart and sacral regions of our bodies. We feel in our heart. We sense in our gut.
These neural bundles that are found in other parts of our bodies are important. When integrated with those in our brain we are capable of discerning and deciphering feelings. Those perceptions that enable us to develop empathy.
Logical thought flows from our executive network. It is within this network that we focus, parsing meaning into structures. We cultivate this network with rigorous processes, ones that allow us to particulate, analyzing by taking apart, and empower us to engineer, creating new structures from those parts.
It is the salience network that has only be recently discovered and is least understood. But we are beginning to appreciate its essential role in creativity. In some ways, it may be that this network allows for the emergence of new insight, ones that appear to mysteriously flow through us. It likely provides our Eureka Moments that happen when we least expect them. Moments when our mental models - our paradigms - are reconstructed.
Perhaps we might appreciate these three networks in a new way, one that describes them as our feeling, thinking and imagining networks.
In a sense, then, this prime pattern of our mind - our mind's trivium - holds a space from which new creative potential flows.
We sense an opportunity to become more intentional in the cultivation of connectome between these networks as we explore Tempo Interruptions.
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