Chiarello: The studies that have really looked at creativity -- and there aren't a whole lot of them in terms of brain function -- seem to suggest that you really need both sides of the brain to be a really creative person. I think maybe some of the misconceptions out there because people tend to think if something's linguistic, if you're using language, that's not very creative - that somehow art and visual spatial things, those are creative. But when you really think about creativity, it involves lots of different skills coming up with a creative idea, to do an experiment or creative idea to write a story. That's creativity, too!
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.