The awakening of artistic creativity and Parkinson's disease

Rivka Inzelberg*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-261
Number of pages6
JournalBehavioral Neuroscience
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Artistic creativity
  • Creative drive
  • Creativity
  • Dopamine dysregulation
  • Parkinson's disease


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