Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Flesh, Blood, and Word: Creativity and Writing as Physiological Phenomena
by Povozhaev, Lea, M.A., The University of Akron, 2005, 103; 10805884
Abstract (Summary)

In short, the writing process is affected by brain chemistry. Hormonal shifts, manic and depressive brain states, and even one's level of endorphins produce good or bad moods that affect brain chemistry, which in turn influences the creative impulse. Altering brain states can serve to inspire prolific writing as well as to close a writer down—blocking her ability to communicate her ideas, frozen in panic. For example, a manic, or “high”, elevates one's ability to write while the counterbalancing “low” or depressed brain tends to deflate the enthusiasm a smooth flow of ideas requires. The creative impulse is useful in motivating a writer. It is a valuable channeling of energy that, when neglected, may produce anxiety and psychological, even physical detriments. The physical brain helps one see the organic nature of creativity and, in doing so, consider ways to prepare the body to write.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Svehla, Lance
School: The University of Akron
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing
Keywords: Body and mind writing, Brain chemistry, Creativity, Neurology, Physiology of writing, Writing
Publication Number: 10805884
ISBN: 9780355835120
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