Edinburgh Psychology Keynote Talk
Speaker: Anna Abraham
Title: Adopting a neuroscientific perspective in the study of creativity
Abstract: For cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists who are interested in understanding the creative mind, the first step towards uncovering is to settle on which empirical approach to adopt. The dominant approach views creativity as a unitary and domain-general construct. Alternative approaches vary in their focus. Some take on a multidimensional view of creativity in evaluating diverse creative mental operations. This talk explores how the chosen path of investigation necessarily impacts wider conceptualizations of the creative brain and why we need to be cognizant of the same. Also discussed are the unique challenges of adopting a neurocognitive perspective in examining creativity as well as the unusual insights this union affords.
Bio: Anna Abraham is the E. Paul Torrance Professor at the University of Georgia (Athens, USA). She investigates the neurocognitive basis of creativity and other aspects of the human imagination including the reality-fiction distinction, mental time travel and mental state reasoning. She is the author of The Neuroscience of Creativity (2018, Cambridge University Press) and is the editor of The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination (2020). For more information, please visit her website.
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