A study discussed in this Physorg.com article indicates that trained musicians may think differently than non-musicians mainly because they use both sides of their brain more frequently. Another article in Scientific American referring to the same research jokingly turns increased brain activity into quirkiness and quotes a comical warning from a big city magazine:
At the top of The New Yorker magazine’s entertainment listings is this warning: “Musicians live complicated lives…; it’s advisable to call ahead to confirm engagements.”
Does the divergent thinking process characteristic of most skilled musicians end up complicating their lives as this tongue-in-cheek comment suggests? Or are they just more accepting of the inherent chaos necessary to innovate and create and can “flow” with it — experiencing a quality of deep concentration, focus and loss of a sense of time that most of us who live and work predominantly from our left brains translate at quirky and inattentive? Here’s an interesting look at Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow Theory:
Watch the entire TED talk if you’re really in the flow.