Out of the blue comes this article on CNN’s website about neuroscience and creativity.
Dr. Charles Limb’s work shows that when jazz players get into “the zone,” the regions of their brain that allow for creativity become active at the same time as the areas responsible for inhibition and self-control in the prefrontal cortex are shut down.
Limb also shows that the same is true for other types of improvisational artistic expression.
There is an important lesson here because the relationship between an (over)active prefrontal cortex and inhibited creativity goes a long way to explaining why children tend to play a lot more than adults. As our brains mature, we have a better capacity to self-monitor and inhibit the free thinking of childhood.
As the article explains, practice allows for easier access to “the zone.” In other words, adults need to practice playing! How about it?