Final Project: Creativity and Genius Correlate with Mental Disorders in the Brain


I chose a multi-part zine for my project because I believed through a combination of images and explanations, the information I was trying to relay would best be communicated. My project describes some theories about what does it mean to have a creative brain on an anatomical level and what would make a person with a creative genius brain different. I focus on a couple of studies which highlight some of the more interesting finds of what is known so far in the field, and how it has been concluded my many studies that there is a definite link between the creative geniuses and either themselves or family members struggling with mental illness. I tried to raise some of the more interesting theories as to why this may be and so on. I chose to do a project on this topic because I read an article in the Atlantic that talked about one of these studies and found it fascinating, so I wanted to do a final project on it.


Andreasen, N., Dr. (2014, June 25). Secrets of the Creative Brain. The Atlantic. Retrieved from

Hamilton, J. (Producer). (2010, June 2). Einstein’s Brain Unlocks Some Mysteries Of The Mind. Podcast retrieved from

Jung, R. E. (2013, July). The structure of creative cognition in the human brain.

Ludwig, A. M. (1994, November). Mental illness and creative activity in female writers. (Research Report No. 40536-0080). Retrieved from website:

Nielson, J. A., & Zielinski, B. A. (2013, August). An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

2 responses to “Final Project: Creativity and Genius Correlate with Mental Disorders in the Brain”

  1. Carlos Aizenman says:

    Nice combination of text and images on a very interesting topic! I like how you bring up some common myths about creativity and also how you show some examples of creative people that have links to mental illness.

  2. Laura Kloepper says:

    I find all this information fascinating–being a genius has some drawbacks!

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