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The Neuroanatomy of Freestyle Rap

An interesting article exploring the findings of an experiment in which 12 rappers were connected to an fMRI machine in order to monitor what happened in their brains as they freestyled (improvised, unplanned/unwritten rapping). From a therapeutic perspective, one of the aspects which stands out the most is the finding that β€œin order to turn on their creative flow, the rappers had to switch off their inner critic.” For anyone who has ever dealt with crippling self-doubt and/or negative self-talk, the therapeutic potential this points to is significant.

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