dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex: the last part of your brain to come online…it’s responsible for the fourth grade slump….the self awareness that gets in the way of innovation. It’s the part of your brain you turn off to do improv. However, If you pretend you are a 7 year old, then you solve a lot more problems (a “divergent thinking” game).
“Moments of insight are a very-well studied psychological phenomenon with two defining features,” Lehrer tells Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies. “The answer comes out of the blue – when we least expect it. … [And] as soon as the answer arrives we know this is the answer we’ve been looking for. … The answer comes attached with a feeling of certainty, it feels like a revelation. These are the two defining features of a moment of insight, and they do seem to play a big role in creativity.”