M: People often wonder how the human brain creates, for example, a beautiful painting, a sculpture or even a delicious dinner.
M: Today we are honoured to have Dr. Nancy Andreasen, a neuroscientist at the University of Iowa on our talk show.
M: Dr. Andreasen has recently written a book called The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius.
M: In her book, she tackles the question and tries to look into the brain behind creativity.
M: Dr. Andreasen, thanks for coming on our show.
M: Now, Dr. Andreasen can we start with the question "What is creativity?"
W: Well, creativity can be saying as a process.
W: This process starts with a person, for example an artist, musician, inventor
W: or even someone who's trying to figure out a better way of doing a task at work or at home.
W: That person must think about the problem or, or their project in a novel way and then come up with a solution.
M: Hmm, I see. But how long will it take for the person to find a solution as it were?
W: Well, it depends. The creative process can go by in a flash or it can take years.
W: But the end result is invariably the production of something new and useful, such as the automobile,
W: or something beautiful and artistic, such as a painting by Vincent van Gogh.
M: Hmm, Dr. Andreasen, then do you think the ability to be creative is inborn or not?
W: Well, no one knows yet if the ability to be creative, for example the ability to produce a haunting symphony
W: is the result of the environment or a genetic makeup that allows people to be creative more easily.
W: However, creativity does seem to run in certain families.
M: Is that so?
W: Yes. You see, Johann Sebastian Bach was the most famous member of the Bach family, but there were 20 other eminent musicians who came from the same family.