Four Brain Model

4a.1based on the research of Dr. Paul Maclean, neurologist, Yale university.

We have 4 processors
The way we live, learn, work and interact with others depends
on which processor we tend to use during a given situation.


The lower two brains are slow learners and don’t allow you to go beyond routine, mundane ways of doing things. The third brain is limited by its logical approach – build upon existing knowledge and creations.

The fourth brain is where our true potential as humans lie.
The power of genius lies in the fourth brain. When this brain is in control, it directs your actions with insight, impeccability, intuition and inspiration. Needless to say, this kind of thinking creates breakthroughs and new discoveries. It sees holistic patterns and connections that are not visible to the lower brains (which are clouded by fears, emotions and logic).

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of imagination has meant more to me than any talent for absorbing absolute knowledge.”, “All great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge. I believe in intuition and inspiration … At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason.” – Albert Einstein.

Some attributes of the fourth brain are heightened focus, altruism, intuition, insightfulness and creativity.

We can only have one processor in control at any one-time. So once the fourth brain firmly takes charge, the lower processors have to stop their vulnerable thoughts, emotions and feelings.


Motivators of Creativity:
Each of the four processor has the ability to create. Below are the four different motivators of creativity:

1. Intense fear – instinctive brain (1st processor)
It is a rare form of extraordinary human achievement that occurs in the face of extreme danger. When in a threatening situation one can trust their ‘gut’, ‘instinct’. An extreme situation is the creative motivators for the first brain.

2. Immediate gratification/pain avoidance – emotional brain (2nd processor)4a.4
Immediate gratification and pain avoidance are the motivators of creativity for the emotional brain. At the emotional processor enthusiasm can easily turn into frustration.

3. Improvement of current conditions – intellectual brain (3rd processor)
Curiosity and personal interest are the motivators for the intellectual processor. However since the creative process here is a rational, step by step one, it is only possible to improve upon already existing structures. It is not capable of intuitive creative leaps of genius.

4. Novel & Challenging tasks – Pre-frontal cortex (4th processor)
Novel and challenging tasks spur the Prefrontal cortex (4th brain) into action, resulting in the inspired creative achievements of geniuses. To create breakthroughs, not as a random chance of nature but at will, a creative genius needs to live a purposeful and highly aware existence.

Creativity is not limited to a skill in a particular talent like music, art etc. , but is rather, a mode of cognitive processing unique to the PFC (4th brain) without the constant distractive chatter of the lower three processors. A creative person is, therefore, capable of creative thought in any field of human endeavor.