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Driven to Draw: Creativity Erupts from Brain Insult

Driven to Draw: Creativity Erupts from Brain Insult

After eating one banana at 10’oclock precisely, she begins furiously drawing on the nearest blank sheet of paper.  Her hand moves as if possessed, compulsively and rapidly sketching the same inane subjects from the day before. The irrepressible urge to create results in a complete neglect of her personal hygiene.  Later, she gathers her pictures in a neat pile and binge eats an entire box of cookies.  This isn’t a starving artist preparing for an opening show. This is Mrs. YCFZ, an 83 yr old patient never notably interested in art, diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.