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GRE Article of the Month – July 2014

Secrets of the Creative Brain
By Nancy C. Andreasen for The Atlantic

We’ve all known them: really smart people who seem a little…off. Sure, there are plenty of sane geniuses, but might the brilliant amongst us be more likely plagued with psychological issues? In this highly fascinating article, Secrets of the Creative Brain, which blends speculation with hard science, the cognitive scientist Nancy Andreasen provides an answer to this intriguing question. She has famous creative geniuses sit inside her “brain machine” and then compares their results to normal types—those who don’t have creative genius. The results are intriguing.

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Photo by Roberto Taddeo

Interestingly, she doesn’t take facile route of correlating genius with IQ, but I’ll let the article do the explaining. It’s a great read with lots of great words.

Here are just a few:

  • Alleviate
  • Stricken
  • Lexicon
  • Semantic
  • Meandering
  • Proxy
  • Notwithstanding
  • Polymaths
  • Predisposition

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