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Having a creative mind is one of the gateways for achieving fabulous success and remarkable progress in professional, personal and social life. Therefore, a better understanding of the neural correlates and the underlying neural mechanisms related to creative ideation is crucial and valuable. However, the current literature on neural systems and circuits underlying creative cognition, and on how creative drives such as motivation, mood states, and reward could shape our creative mind through the associated neuromodulatory systems [i.e., the dopaminergic (DA), the noradrenergic (NE) and the serotonergic (5-HT) system] seems to be insufficient to explain the creative ideation and production process.” – from Frontiers In Human Neuroscience.
In general, the reportable contents of csns include perceptual stimuli; inner speech, reportable dreams and visual imagery; the fleeting present and its fading traces in immediate memory; interoceptive feelings like pleasure, pain, anticipatory anxiety and excitement; the exteroceptive body senses, including external touch and pain; reportable emotions; autobiographical episodes as they are experienced and recalled; clear and immediate intentions, expectations and effortful voluntary control; explicit beliefs about oneself and the world; reportable feelings of knowing (FOKs; see below); novel skills as opposed to overpracticed ones; and concepts that are abstract but still reportable.” – from Scholarpedia.
Conscious contents depends on the thalamocortical complex, with major circadian states switched on and off by brainstem neuromodulation. Regions outside of the C-T complex constantly interact with, but do not directly support reportable conscious contents. Biologically, the C-T complex emerges with mammals (approx. 200 million years ago) and has anatomical homologues in the bird pallium. Pre-mammalian amnionts show paleocortex (rhinal cortex and hippocampus).” – from ”On Consciousness”