Saturday, May 16, 2009

Does it work for economists, too?

During improvisation jazz players turn off a brain area linked to self control:
While the musicians riffed on the piano, giant magnets whirred overhead monitoring minor shifts in their brain activity. The researchers found that jazz improv relied on a carefully choreographed set of mental events, which allowed the musicians to discover their new melodies. Before a single note was played, the pianists exhibited a “deactivation” of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), a brain area associated with planned actions and self-control. In other words, they were inhibiting their inhibitions, which allowed the musicians to create without worrying about what they were creating.
I know the most productive economists are those that have a set daily schedule for when they do research. But that doesn't negate the likelihood that they this discipline actually gets them into a zone where they can be highly creative, a zone which allows them "to create without worrying about what they were creating."


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