A new study by Szabolcs Keri and colleagues at Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, says that the creativity of a person is influenced by mutations in the gene linked to schizophrenia.
The researchers were examining a gene called neuregulin , which has been linked to the development of the personality disorder in previous studies.
Researchers genotyped 200 adults who answered their ads for creative volunteers. These volunteers were given a series of creative tests, after which researchers found that the people who had two copies of neuregulin 1 mutation tended to be more creative than other volunteers with one or no copy of the mutation.
The details of the study appear in the journal Psychological Science.