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Mental Illness and Creativity: A Neurological View of the "Tortured Artist"

@inproceedings{Sussman2007MentalIA,
  title={Mental Illness and Creativity: A Neurological View of the "Tortured Artist"},
  author={Adrienne F. Sussman},
  year={2007}
}
As advances in science bring us closer than ever to understanding ourselves, we are forced to reexamine the canon ancient folk wisdom regarding human nature. Our culture is full of assumptions and stereotypes about how the mind works, perhaps none so enduring as the legend of the “tortured artist”. The contradiction of the genius who creates great artwork despite (or because of) mental illness has been part of Western legend for thousands of years. The image is durable, but sci 
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