Chimpanzee Brain Organoids Hint at Secrets of Human Evolution

 

 

 

 

 

At some point during human evolution, a handful of genetic changes triggered a dramatic threefold expansion of the brain’s neocortex, the wrinkly outermost layer of brain tissue responsible for everything from language to self-awareness to abstract thought. Identifying what drove this evolutionary shift is fundamental to understanding what makes us human, but has been particularly challenging for scientists because of ethical prohibitions against studying the developing brains of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, in the lab.

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Shutting down part of our brain can make us more creative

 

How does creativity work? And, more importantly, what can we do to become more creative individuals? These questions baffle the minds of neuroscientists, philosophers, artists, and corporate leaders alike, with phrases such as ‘creative thinking’ and ‘creative problem-solving’ on everyone’s lips nowadays. New research may have finally found an answer, and it involves electrodes and a knowledge of the human brain.
New research finds that switching off a specific area of our brain can significantly enhance creativity.

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