Jonah Lehrer on How to Expand Your Imagination

Friday, March 23, 2012

In 1965, a frustrated Bob Dylan was ready to quit the music industry. Abandoning his guitar, he retreated to a cabin in Woodstock, New York. Off the tour bus and away from the city, Dylan finally relaxed. After a few days, despite his best intentions, he started scribbling lyrics — and he couldn’t stop. "Like a Rolling Stone," one of the most innovative and beloved songs in the history of rock and roll, was born. So what prompted Dylan’s moment of insight? Where do most artists and inventors get their creative impulse? 

Author and journalist Jonah Lehrer explores the science behind imagination in his new book "Imagine: How Creativity Works."


Jonah Lehrer

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

Bender from USA

When I am in love. When I am in love and excited and feeling safe and trusted it opens me to be creative without bounds. It both stimulates my creativity, and encourages me to remove barriers to pursuing my creativity and share it with the world.

Mar. 23 2012 09:44 AM
Peter Dembski

I have taught music improvisation technique for many years now.

My practice often feels more like that of a psychotherapist rather than that of a traditional music teacher.

Most of the focus has been providing musicians, especially classically trained musicians, techniques to shut down certain ways they have previously approached their instrument and to try to open up paths that they would have used as children. Your comments on creativity and the brain supports what I have suspected.

Mar. 23 2012 07:39 AM

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