DolceTracker Dopamine has raised its beautiful head again, this time in research showing a possible explanation for the link between mental health and creativity.
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have managed to show that the dopamine system of healthy, highly creative people is similar to that found in people with schizophrenia. This is amazing, and a total explanation for Anne’s life.
Schizophrenics and highly creative people are known to have lower density D2 receptors in the thalamus than less creative people. The thalamus acts as a kind of “checking” system in the brain, filtering out information rather than forwarding it on to the brain for cognition and critical reasoning.
“Fewer D2 receptors in the thalamus probably means a lower degree of signal filtering, and thus a higher flow of information from the thalamus,” says Dr Ullén, and explains that this could a possible mechanism behind the ability of healthy highly creative people to see numerous uncommon connections in a problem-solving situation and the bizarre associations found in the mentally ill. via Science Daily
Simply stated, Dr Ullén suggests that thinking outside the box may be facilitated by having a “less tight” box in the first place. Fascinating!!