Helen Keller

It is not blindness or deafness that bring me my darkest hours — it is the acute disappointment in not being able to speak normally. Longingly, I think how much more good I might have done if I had only acquired natural speech. But out of this sorrowful experience I understand more fully all human strivings, thwarted ambitions, and the infinite capacity of hope.

via Legendary Optimist Helen Keller on Her Greatest Regret | Brain Pickings.

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creativity a step by step gradual process

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140617144814.htm

What they found in the sessions they studied is that new ideas didn’t spring fully formed after massive cognitive leaps. Creativity is a stepwise process in which idea A spurs a new but closely related thought, which prompts another incremental step, and the chain of little mental advances sometimes eventually ends with an innovative idea in a group setting.

Brain imaging shows enhanced executive brain function in people with musical training — ScienceDaily

Brain imaging shows enhanced executive brain function in people with musical training

Date:

June 17, 2014

Source:

Boston Children’s Hospital

Summary:

A controlled study using functional MRI brain imaging reveals a possible biological link between early musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults, report researchers. The study uses functional MRI of brain areas associated with executive function, adjusting for socioeconomic factors.

via Brain imaging shows enhanced executive brain function in people with musical training — ScienceDaily.