Psychoses and creativity: is the missing link a biological mechanism related to phospholipids turnover?

Folley BS, Doop ML, Park S
Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2003 69 (6): 467-76

PMID: 14623501 · PMCID: PMC2714662 · DOI:10.1016/j.plefa.2003.08.019

Recent evidence suggests that genetic and biochemical factors associated with psychoses may also provide an increased propensity to think creatively. The evolutionary theories linking brain growth and diet to the appearance of creative endeavors have been made recently, but they lack a direct link to research on the biological correlates of divergent and creative thought. Expanding upon Horrobin's theory that changes in brain size and in neural microconnectivity came about as a result of changes in dietary fat and phospholipid incorporation of highly unsaturated fatty acids, we propose a theory relating phospholipase A2 (PLA2) activity to the neuromodulatory effects of the noradrenergic system. This theory offers probable links between attention, divergent thinking, and arousal through a mechanism that emphasizes optimal individual functioning of the PLA2 and NE systems as they interact with structural and biochemical states of the brain. We hope that this theory will stimulate new research in the neural basis of creativity and its connection to psychoses.

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Brain Creativity Flushing Humans Neurobiology Niacin Norepinephrine Phospholipases A Phospholipases A2 Phospholipids Psychotic Disorders

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