Lying Artists


Artists and certain brain damage patients have overlapping tendencies—lying or “chronic confabulation,” in neuroscience vernacular.

The difference is in that writers fabricate experiences and consciously control their associations whereas people who have incurred frontal lobe damage may be unable to stop the rush of associations and storytelling inclinations. In sum, lying is both a natural and artistic way to use your frontal lobes.

(via @aldaily)

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