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INTERVIEW: Creativity with author Ashley Merryman, musicologist Aaron Berkowitz, and biochemist Bruce Alberts.


This is a discussion about creativity with author Ashley Merryman of Newsweek, musicologist Aaron Berkowitz of Harvard University, and Bruce Alberts of University of California, San Francisco. Charlie Rose and his panelists discuss processes of creativity across differing fields, whether creativity can be taught and how educators attempt to do so, and the current statistical drop in creativity. Aaron Berkowitz shares his work on the effects of musical training on cognitive function. His research, which focuses on the study of musical improvisation, provides "a window," he says, "into the creative process."

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...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)