Dave Davies of Fresh Air interviews Jonah Lehrer, following the recent publication of Lehrer's new book, How Imagination Works. Lehrer reports on studies of the brain that have surprising results.
One study involved a group of people who were purposefully saddened by viewing a film about cancer and death. They were then put to work on tasks related to creativity, and did a much better job than the control group who did not see the film.
Coming out of Holy Week, it calls to mind the theme of suffering-redemption-resurrection.