Parkinson’s treatment might trigger creativity

According to a press release on Eurekalert: “Parkinson’s experts across the world have been reporting a remarkable phenomenon – many patients treated with drugs to increase the activity of dopamine in the brain as a therapy for motor symptoms such as tremors and muscle rigidity are developing new creative talents, including painting, sculpting, writing, and more.”

Now, this is intriguing given that the received wisdom about individuals with certain types of mood disorders are often hyper-creative (it’s often said of well-known artists, in history and some contemporaries artists, and performers, who are known to have suffered depression or been bipolar, for instance). The dopamine connection could be the key…

Parkinson's treatment can trigger creativity.