Paper of Niels Rietveld published in Nature Neuroscience
Niels Rietveld, assistant professor at the Department of Applied Economics of Erasmus School of Economics, has recently co-authored an article in Nature Neuroscience.
The Nature Neuroscience paper examined the prediction of creativity by genetic risk scores for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. Great thinkers of the past, from Aristotle to Shakespeare, have remarked that creative genius and insanity are characterized by the same unleashing of thoughts and emotions. This is supported by epidemiological studies demonstrating overlap between psychiatric disorders and creativity. This study shows that creativity is associated with higher genetic scores and that creativity and psychosis share biological pathways.
This publication witnesses the successful partnership of the Erasmus Medical Center and the Erasmus School of Economics within the Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Behavior and Biology (EURIBEB). EURIBEB's research aims to integrate insights from biology (e.g. genetics, hormones, neurotransmitters, brain images), the social sciences (e.g. economics, psychology), and epidemiology (e.g. mental and cardio-vascular health) to address classic research questions in economics. The institute collaborates closely with the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC) and the CHARGE consortium for genetic epidemiology.