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Behav Neurosci. 2013 Apr;127(2):256-61. doi: 10.1037/a0031052. Epub 2013 Jan 14.

The awakening of artistic creativity and Parkinson's disease.

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The Sagol Neuroscience Center, Department of Neurology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, 52621, Israel.


Despite the prominent loss of motor skills, artistic capacities remain preserved in Parkinson's disease (PD). Furthermore, artistic creativity may emerge in art-naïve PD patients treated with levodopa and dopamine agonists. The present review discusses reported PD patients who developed enhanced artistic skills under anti-Parkinsonian therapy and the course of this phenomenon in the clinical context. It is unclear whether creative drive is related to dopamine dysregulation, and the mechanisms remain speculative. The delineation of the particular constellation that enables this emergence in PD patients may shed light on the comprehension of the concept of creativity in general.

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