Flavors of (Creative) Mind
Alterations of consciousness appear valuable for creativity—meditation, dreams, hypnagogic imagery and more, e.g., in reverie with “our muse” in a chair by the fire. Wallas’s stages of creative process are helpful: preparation—incubation—intimation—illumination—verification. Not all of this happens consciously. Research tasks evoking insight have revealed different neuropsychological states, brain profiles, and subjective experiences. Can people even come to feel such states and turn them “on”? Also explored are neural shifts, brain idling, creative flash. How to keep subtle states in balance with executive functioning?—an important and nonlinear challenge.