Dopamine and the brain, Channeling creativity

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A doctor looks at PET brain scans.
In this Aug. 14, 2018 photo, a doctor looks at PET brain scans in Phoenix. Matt York/AP Photo

A psychiatrist joins us to look at our relationship with dopamine in the brain. Then, we talk to a neuroscientist about fostering our own creativity.

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  • Why we get our best ideas in the shower

    Do you get your most creative ideas in the shower, or washing dishes, or folding laundry? There’s actually science to back up the idea that letting our minds wander fosters creativity. We talk to a neuroscientist-turned-journalist about this and other ways to boost your creativity.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Trina La Susa Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Anna Lembke Guest
  • Richard Sima Guest

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