Scientists from the Centre for the Mind in Sydney claim to have enhanced the brain’s creative abilities with a few properly-placed magnets.
(NOTE: This research has not yet been published in a refereed, scientific journal. We will keep our eye out for it, and report back here when it does appear. However, BBC News andDiscover Magazine have recently reported on their work.)
The motivation for this approach comes from savants, who are individuals with some developmental disorder, like autism, but also portray extraordinary artistic or mathematical skills. Somehow the brains of these special people are over-compensating for other developmental problems, allowing three-year-old autistic children to sketch stunningly realistic scenes.
Professor Snyder has apparently demonstrated that their magnetic device can improve a person’s drawing skills within minutes. This is a very tantalizing and interesting idea. We should wait for the journal article to appear…
In the meantime, if you want to tap into your unconscious and creative self, why not try developing your lucid dreaming skills? This technique is still a little less scientific than we prefer to be here at DPRI, but lucidity can at least be a great experience!