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Where is imagination located in the human brain?

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Posted in Science on 18th Sep, 2013 04:28 PM by AlexMuller

Imagination lies in a widespread neural network, the brain’s “mental workspace”  that consciously manipulates images, symbols, ideas and theories and gives humans the laser-like mental focus needed to solve complex problems and come up with new ideas, Dartmouth researchers conclude in a new study.

 
“Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively,” says lead author Alex Schlegel , a graduate student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. “Understanding these differences will give us insight into where human creativity comes from and possibly allow us to recreate those same creative processes in machines.”
 
In the study, 15 participants were asked to imagine specific abstract visual shapes and then to mentally combine them into new more complex figures or to mentally dismantle them into their separate parts.
 
Researchers measured the participants’ brain activity with functional MRI and found a cortical and subcortical network over a large part of the brain was responsible for their imagery manipulations. The network closely resembles the “mental workspace” that scholars have theorized might be responsible for much of human conscious experience and for the flexible cognitive abilities that humans have evolved.


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-19
+7
Imagination may be the most complex thing tthe brain does, these results seem to confirm that and it wont be easy to understand. Still a long way to go
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-19
+4
Researchers measured the participants’ brain activity with functional MRI and found a cortical and subcortical network over a large part of the brain was responsible for their imagery manipulations. This is some good work done by Dartmouth. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-19
+4
My only problem with this research is exactly what does it tell us and of what use is it to people. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-09-19
+4
I am an old fuddy duddy but just too much research being done on the brain for my likings. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-26
+0
eqFTnp Thanks a lot for the blog. Will read on... Reply


 

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