Scientists have arranged an experiment and found out: the brain of artists is insensitive to monetary incentives

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German neuroscientists arranged an experiment with the reward of the subjects and followed the activity of their brain.

A team of neuroscience scientists from the University Medical Center in Göttingen decided to find out whether there are differences in how people who make a living with creativity and representatives of non-creative professions react to the monetary stimulus, writes Artnet.

The study involved 24 people, who were divided into two equal groups. The first consisted of artists, photographers, musicians and sculptors, in the second–dentists, engineers, business administrators and insurance agents. No one from the second group on the question “Do you consider yourself a creative person?” Did not answer in the affirmative.

Each of the subjects was shown squares of different colors–the participants in the study had only to choose any of them. Only if someone chose green, he was informed of a cash bonus of up to €30. Throughout the experiment, scientists with the help of special equipment followed the activity of different parts of the brain of the subjects.

It turned out that in non-artisans, the news of the receipt of the award caused increased activity in one part of the brain, while for artists it was much weaker. “Our results demonstrate that the dopaminergic system of artists has special properties. These people react to the reward weaker than others,” the scientists note.


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