Similarities in Dopamine System Between Highly Creative People and Schizophrenics

Posted on April 11, 2014

"Thinking outside the box might be facilitated by having a somewhat less intact box." Image: flickr

Swedish researchers have found similarities in the dopamine system between highly creative individuals and those with schizophrenia.

The study shows that highly creative people who did well on the divergent tests had a lower density of D2 receptors in the thalamus than less creative people.

Schizophrenics are also known to have low D2 density in this part of the brain, suggesting a cause of the link between mental illness and creativity.

The reason for the focus on the thalamus is that it serves as a kind of relay centre for the brain, filtering information before it reaches other areas responsible for higher-level thinking.

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