Limited study found more grey and white matter in artists’ brains connected to visual imagination and fine motor control
It’s a truism to say that artists see the world differently from the rest of us, but new research suggests that their brains are structurally different as well.
The small study, published in journal NeuroImage, looked at the brain scans of 21 art students and 23 non-artists using a scanning method known as voxel-based morphometry.
Comparisons between the two groups showed that the artist has more neural matter in the parts of their brain relating to visual imagery and fine motor control.
Although this is certainly a physical difference it does not mean that artists’ talents are innate. The balance between the influence of nature and nurture is never easy to divine, and the authors say that training and upbringing also plays a large role in ability.
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