The corresponding evolution of paintings by a talented artist and her growing dementia has led researchers to believe that language skills are not necessary for, and may even inhibit, certain types of creativity.
In the May 27 issue the journal Neurology, lead author Bruce Miller reports that the case shows how the human brain’s wiring affects creativity.
The woman diagnosed with dementia had emigrated from China to the United States and spent a number of years as a high school art teacher after completing a master’s degree in fine arts.
Her background included training in Western representational art and Chinese brush painting.
The onset of dementia started in 1986 after she began experiencing difficulty grading and lesson planning.