Our brains adapt to a world out of whack by connecting the new dots before us. Could the pandemic be jumpstarting our innate creativity?
This is the basic premise of the must read – Is the Pandemic Making You Smarter? – by Nick Tasler.
In his piece, Tasler addresses the “salience network” of the brain which is designed to make sense out of disorientation. Using its innate powers of compensation, the pandemic has, he says, triggered our brains to turn on a creativity superpower.
It makes sense. We know the brain does all sorts of tricks to keep us sane. That this would manifest in extreme circumstances as unique creativity does not seem like too much of a leap.
What does this actually mean for us? For Tasler it meant taking risks and redefining his career during an earlier period of isolation. For me, it means starting this blog, taking some classes, and embarking on some new projects.
But there are other impacts. Consider the disruption of a family dynamic. Perhaps both Mom and Dad are essential workers and Grandpa or a neighbor steps in to assist with the kids. Clearly an opportunity exists for creativity compensation in how the family operates, the community pitches in, or household roles are defined.… Read the rest and share