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Artists 'have structurally different brains'

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Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2014 11:36 PM by AlexMuller

Participants' brain scans revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery. The research, published in NeuroImage, suggests that an artist's talent could be innate. But training and environmental upbringing also play crucial roles in their ability, the authors report.

 

As in many areas of science, the exact interplay of nature and nurture remains unclear. Lead author Rebecca Chamberlain from KU Leuven, Belgium, said she was interested in finding out how artists saw the world differently.

 

"The people who are better at drawing really seem to have more developed structures in regions of the brain that control for fine motor performance and what we call procedural memory," she explained.


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-18
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It logical to expect that brain structures can be different if these are structures are linked to a particular function that is quite distinct - I am not sure are they are to explain is this difference due to artists talent or practice - would be interesting to find out
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-18
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It seems that researchers stated that it was difficult to distinguish what aspect of artistic talent was innate or learnt. - they need more studies Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-18
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This study adds into line with evidence that focus of expertise really does change the brain. The brain is incredibly flexible in response to training and there are huge individual differences that we are only beginning to tap into. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-18
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This is very interesting research. As they stated in the article the study should help to "put to rest the facile claims that artists use 'the right side of their brain' given that increased grey and white matter were found in the art group in both left and right structures of the brain".
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