Creativity assessment in subjects with tourette syndrome vs. Patients with Parkinson’s disease: A preliminary study

Carlotta Zanaboni Dina, Mauro Porta, Christian Saleh, Domenico Servello

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Abstract

(1) Background: Literature suggests that high levels of dopamine are associated with creative thoughts. Tourette Syndrome (TS) patients have high dopamine levels, while Parkinson’s Disease (PD) subjects have low dopamine levels. Consequently, TS individuals are supposed to have a major and PD patients less creative output. Moreover, dopamine medications may alter the level of creativity, and therefore Quality of Life, in both pathologies. (2) Methods: The aim of the study was to verify the hypothesis of TS patients having higher creative scores than PD patients. The assessment consisted of the administration of the Creative Thinking ASK Test. There were 54 participants—36 males and 18 females—i.e., 27 TS patients and 27 PD subjects. Age of the sample was 35 to 57 years old, high school certificate was required. (3) Results: TS sample (103.11 ASK average score) was more creative than PD sample (94.11 ASK average score). (4) Conclusions: The results supported the aforementioned hypothesis: TS sample resulted in having higher creative scores than PD sample. Dopamine and other neurotransmitters of TS and PS appear to affect subject’s creativity. Further studies with creative assessments in TS and PD patients are needed to support the preliminary results of our study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number80
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume7
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 9 2017

Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Parkinson disease
  • Tic
  • Tourette syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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