Syntheney is the perception of a natural harmony first seen when you aren’t looking. As its namesake, our blog covers the neuroscience of this Aha! moment of creativity.
We help people discover what they never knew they know, surprising themselves with an Aha! of recognition leading to an insight that informs and inspires. Such experiences are of particular importance today considering the current pace of our lives and the history of popularized beliefs limiting expectations of our true creative capacity.
- From the 18th century to the early 20th century practitioners of the pseudoscience Phrenology claimed the ability to discern personality and character traits and to infer mental acuity by feeling and measuring a person’s skull including protrusions and indentations aka “bumps.”
- In the 1920s Stanford University cognitive psychologist Lewis Terman launched the “Terman Study of the Gifted” (originally Genetic Studies of Genius) to evaluate the characteristics and development of the “gifted” from childhood to adulthood, which remains ongoing. Earlier he helped develop the first American I.Q. test, an adaptation of Alfred Binet’s intelligence test. It is now referred to as the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, still in use today.
- As it turned out, Terman’s Study of the Gifted demonstrated that intelligence and creativity are not the same thing and also stated “…we have seen that intellect and achievement are far from perfectly correlated.”
- Ironically, the widespread adoption of Terman’s I.Q. test seems to have led to a popular misperception that creativity and achievement are solely, or mainly, domains of those with the highest I.Q. scores.
- By the early 21st century neuroscientists, using state of the art imaging technology and empirical methods, were able to define the precise instant a research subject experienced the insight of an Aha! moment and to identify the brain structures involved in this emergence of creativity.
Alas, despite this extraordinary scientific progress, most of us still spend a fair amount of time in pursuits reminiscent of feeling for bumps and hoping for the best. Meanwhile, we live in a culture of accelerating complexity that demands our growing creativity and adaptability simply for us to keep pace. So, in this blog we cover:
- how syntheney happens,
- how it is accessible to us all, and
- what that means day to day for the quality of our lives.
The Syntheney blog is published by Hugh Leo – curator/citer of authoritative research, translator of the esoteric into the actionable, and the occasional coiner of terms such as “syntheney.”