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How the brain works during improvisation

In this TED Talk, surgeon Charles Limb, MD, an associate professor of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins, discusses how the brain works while it is improvising – and why creativity is a neurologic product.

It’s an engaging talk right from the beginning, when Limb reminds his audience that he’s never had a patient say, “I really want you to be creative during surgery.” From there he recounts putting musicians into the scanner to find out how their brains work.

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