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That is, the environment was just as important in shaping synaptic activity as synaptic activity was in shaping the environment. More on these nested connections shortly. Meanwhile, keeping in mind all of this activity occurring in the research, I would like to focus for a brief period on the underlying set of concepts that inform many of these research approaches. It should allow us to fully appreciate what is being dealt with here. In order to understand the connection between the biological brain and the creative mind, many researchers have been attempting to isolate a biologically related mechanism in the brain that explains the workings of the mind and thus creativity.
There also appears to be a relatively minor assumption of the Romanticist view Creativity and the Social 45 of creativity. However, the major assumption underpinning the views expressed in his proposals, at least from the perspective of the work being presented here, is the idea that context is vitally influential on creative activity. One of the broadest of the contextual views of creativity which has been presented in the literature is that of Vytautus Kavolis. Drawing on the expansive work of Pitirim Sorokin, Kavolis’ work in the 1960s and 1970s also ‘attempted to identify the social conditions which provide the seedbed for outbreaks of artistic creativity in history’ (Forster & Blau 1989, p.
Certainly they bear little resemblance to the complexly integrated workings of the brain as described in the foregoing pages. Nowadays, cognitive psychologists would tend to talk of brain activity in terms of multilevel, parallel and recursive processing. And the kinds of electronic and chemical ‘mapping’ referred to above are increasingly showing that the brain has complex networks of complementary activity all over, as well as localised response to stimulus in a specific area (see Dennett 1991, Calvin 1997, Damasio 2000, Boden 2004, Geake and Dodson 2004 and Greenfield 2004).