Creativity in biological research

Perspect Biol Med. Autumn 2009;52(4):579-84. doi: 10.1353/pbm.0.0127.


During the past century, several biologists have studied the mental processes involved in creativity. In recent years psychologists have approached the subject experimentally. In one such study (Carson, Peterson, and Higgins 2003), creativity has been shown to originate in the subconscious mind and to be transmitted to the conscious mind as a result of a decrease in latent inhibition, an ordinarily strong cognitive barrier between the conscious mind and the subconscious. In my scientific work I have found evidence for creativity in the design of experiments, in which the addition of apparently superfluous controls has led to important discoveries.

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiology*
  • Creativity*
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological
  • Philosophy, Medical
  • Psychological Theory*
  • Research*
  • Unconscious, Psychology