The Neuropsychological Connection Between Creativity and Meditation

  title={The Neuropsychological Connection Between Creativity and Meditation},
  author={Roy Horan},
  journal={Creativity Research Journal},
  pages={199 - 222}
  • Roy Horan
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology
  • Creativity Research Journal
Prior investigations into a creativity–meditation connection involving diverse meditation strategies, proficiency levels, and creativity measurement instruments presented mixed results. These results are explained through evidence (primarily from EEG studies) supporting the hypothesis that meditation training variously enhances creative incubation and illumination via transcendence and integration, neuropsychological mechanisms common to both processes. Transcendence surpasses informational… Expand
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