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Study: Emotions, Creativity Tightly Linked

Music can evoke all sorts of emotions in listeners' hearts, and in composers' minds. Brain-scanning studies of artists being creative - improvising music, rapping or drawing caricatures - showed deactivation in a part of the brain involved in planning and monitoring behavior. Researchers say this is a sign of the "flow state" that frees up creative impulses. A new study of jazz pianists shows a greater deactivation in that region when they are working on melodies to...

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