UrsulaV (ursulav) wrote,
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Listening to NPR...they had an hour with a neurologist who was studying hypergraphia--the desire to write!--which is evidentally a recognizeable brain chemistry in some people (she mentioned that it's symptomatic of certain types of temporal lobe epilepsy) and by extension the sort-of opposite, writer's block. While writing was her thing, she mentions that it appears to extend to creativity in general--you get people like Van Gogh who paint pretty much every waking minute in what was practically clinical mania.

The extension of this, of course, is that if the desire to write--and we're not talking just random nonsense on a page, but actual coherent writing--is a recognizeable chemical process in the brain, then presumably it's induceable. The theory is thus that one could induce creative drive--better living through pharmaceuticals!--to either make someone creative, or break creative block, and so forth. It's all theoretical, and I couldn't presume to guess at the legitimacy of the science behind it, but it's an interesting theory.

My brain is doing an interesting tap dance between "YES! Cool!" and "NOOOOOOOO!"
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