The Science Behind the Spark

UAB Neurobiologist Ponders the Creativity Impulse

By Charles Buchanan

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David Sweatt

What kindles the spark of creativity? David Sweatt, Ph.D., finds that question doubly interesting. As neurobiology chair, director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at UAB, and Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging, Sweatt investigates the cellular and chemical mechanisms of learning and memory. And as an abstract painter, he is curious about the possible biological basis for his vivid ideas.

In this slideshow, Sweatt shares his thoughts on the possible relationship between neurobiology and creativity.

 

Next week, take a closer look at the relationship between medical science and artistic creativity with the winners of the 2009 School of Medicine Art Show.

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The UAB Department of Neurobiology

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