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Neuroscience of Creativity$
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Oshin Vartanian, Adam S. Bristol, and James C. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019583

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019583.001.0001

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The Creative Brain: Brain Correlates Underlying the Generation of Original Ideas

The Creative Brain: Brain Correlates Underlying the Generation of Original Ideas

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(p.207) 10 The Creative Brain: Brain Correlates Underlying the Generation of Original Ideas
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Neuroscience of Creativity
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Andreas Fink

Mathias Benedek

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019583.003.0010

Studies using electroencephalography (EEG) have provided reliable evidence that brain activity in the alpha band is particularly sensitive to a broad range of different creativity-related demands. Alpha increases during creative ideation could reflect more internally oriented attention (absence of external bottom-up stimulation) and the involvement of specific memory processes such as the efficient (re-)combination of unrelated semantic information. Available studies also suggest that creative ideation can be improved effectively by means of specific interventions (divergent thinking exercises, cognitive stimulation) and that training effects are associated with changes at the level of the brain.

Keywords:   Creativity, Divergent thinking, EEG, Training, Cognitive stimulation

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