Home   Syllabus   Grading   Project Generator   Video Wall   Sayings/Dichos   Class Projects

Guest Lecture - Rex Jung

Jennifer Piarowski

Rex came to talk to the class about creativity in relation to the brain. The class took the presentation into the range of intelligence for a while in response to information presented to us about Albert Einstein, his brain morphology and performance. The relationship between inteligence and creativity is something that people tend to think of as highly proportional; the higher the intelligect of an individual, the greater their capacity for creativity. Dr. Jung discounted this assumption that many people make and went on to explain that creativity is another independent, monster all itself. By expecting that the two characteristics are independent of each other, Jung proposes that creativity can be trained while intelligence cannot.

Rex Jung defined creativity to the class as, "the production of something novel and useful." This indicates that the perception of creativty can differ between every society, and in actuality, between every individual. The terms "novel" and "useful," while having basic, universal definitions, are highly sucepitble to change importance and context with individual percerption.

Dr. Jung also went on to highlight the fact that many people highly equate and associate mental well-being with capacity for creativity; you have to be crazy to be creative. If we dissect the universal definition of the word "novel," meaning 'new' or 'different from anything ever before seen or known,' than it would be natural to conclude that anyone who lacks mental stability, one that is crazy, is more likely to think off the beaten path, and wander more willingly into the unknown realm, allowing for a more creative individual. Jung emphasized that you don't have to be crazy to be creative and coined the phrase, "mentallyillahobia," for this widespread misconception and belief.

There were many notions that Dr. Jung meant to dispell, one being that many people believe that the right and the left brain have very set regulatory actions; left brain is the logic brain and the right brain is the creative brain. Jung explained that both sides of the brain serve different purposes but communicate with one another. In fact, studies that he and other scientists have done support that an individual is more creative when their frontal lobes are degraded.

An important quote that Dr. Jung mentioned was, "In order to have a good idea, you must have many ideas." This is a quote that is highly relatable to our class situation as we must continually press ourselves to think innovatively in order to find one gem amongst a heap of rubble.


  1. Are there other societies that hold creativity with more regard than logic?
  2. What types of production do we see from these societies because of the focus on creativity?
  3. (Directed To Dr. Jung) Who is the most creative person that you know and why do you percieve them this way?

Future Research:

  1. I would like to see if there could be an electrical solution to dismantling the connection between the left and the right hemisphere in order to aide in research about the different actions and performances of either hemisphere individually.
  2. I would also like to see what type of results come out of research that brain maps a person before, during and after they are subjected to a vigorous creative bootcamp.
  3. What is the gene regulation of creativity and can creativity be increased by way of gene manipulation?