The Neuroscience of Creativity

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Leeds Beckett University

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Inside Out - Professor Anna Abraham

To be hosted by Dr Kiff Bamford.

Is it possible to scientifically investigate creativity? For psychologists and neuroscientists who study creativity, the first step towards uncovering the neurological and psychological basis of this fundamental human capacity is to settle on which empirical approach to adopt. The choices are actually quite vast. The dominant approach views creativity as a unitary and domain-general construct. Alternative approaches, on the other hand, vary in their focus. Some take on a multidimensional view of creativity in evaluating diverse creative mental operations. Others seek to identify variables that are crucial for domain-specific creativity. This lecture explores what is currently known about the brain basis of creativity and how the chosen path of investigation necessarily impacts our wider conceptualizations of creativity entails.

Anna Abraham is a Professor of Psychology at the School of Social Sciences in Leeds Beckett University. She investigates the neurocognitive basis of creativity and other aspects of the human imagination including the reality-fiction distinction, mental time travel, self-referential thinking and mental state reasoning. Her educational background is in the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience, and she has studied and worked in several academic institutions across the world. She has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, and is the author of the 2018 book - The Neuroscience of Creativity - with Cambridge University Press. She is also the Editor of the forthcoming multidisciplinary volume - The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination. For more information, please visit her webpage: http://www.anna-abraham.com/.

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