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A review of EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies of creativity and insight

Show simple item record Dietrich A. Kanso R.
dc.contributor.editor 2010 2017-10-04T10:35:33Z 2017-10-04T10:35:33Z 2010
dc.identifier 10.1037/a0019749
dc.identifier.issn 00332909
dc.description.abstract Creativity is a cornerstone of what makes us human, yet the neural mechanisms underlying creative thinking are poorly understood. A recent surge of interest into the neural underpinnings of creative behavior has produced a banquet of data that is tantalizing but, considered as a whole, deeply self-contradictory. We review the emerging literature and take stock of several long-standing theories and widely held beliefs about creativity. A total of 72 experiments, reported in 63 articles, make up the core of the review. They broadly fall into 3 categories: divergent thinking, artistic creativity, and insight. Electroencephalographic studies of divergent thinking yield highly variegated results. Neuroimaging studies of this paradigm also indicate no reliable changes above and beyond diffuse prefrontal activation. These findings call into question the usefulness of the divergent thinking construct in the search for the neural basis of creativity. A similarly inconclusive picture emerges for studies of artistic performance, except that this paradigm also often yields activation of motor and temporoparietal regions. Neuroelectric and imaging studies of insight are more consistent, reflecting changes in anterior cingulate cortex and prefrontal areas. Taken together, creative thinking does not appear to critically depend on any single mental process or brain region, and it is not especially associated with right brains, defocused attention, low arousal, or alpha synchronization, as sometimes hypothesized. To make creativity tractable in the brain, it must be further subdivided into different types that can be meaningfully associated with specific neurocognitive processes. © 2010 American Psychological Association.
dc.format.extent Pages: (822-848)
dc.language English
dc.publisher WASHINGTON
dc.relation.ispartof Publication Name: Psychological Bulletin; Publication Year: 2010; Volume: 136; no. 5; Pages: (822-848);
dc.source Scopus
dc.title A review of EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies of creativity and insight
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.affiliation Dietrich, A., Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
dc.contributor.affiliation Kanso, R., Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
dc.contributor.authorAddress Dietrich, A.; Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, 1107-2020, Lebanon; email:
dc.contributor.authorCorporate University: American University of Beirut; Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Department: Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies;
dc.contributor.authorDepartment Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies
dc.contributor.faculty Faculty of Arts and Sciences
dc.contributor.authorInitials Dietrich, A
dc.contributor.authorInitials Kanso, R
dc.contributor.authorReprintAddress Dietrich, A (reprint author), Amer Univ Beirut, Dept Social and Behav Sci, Beirut 11072020, Lebanon.
dc.contributor.authorUniversity American University of Beirut
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dc.format.extentCount 27
dc.identifier.coden PSBUA
dc.identifier.pubmedID 20804237
dc.identifier.scopusID 77956511910
dc.publisher.address 750 FIRST ST NE, WASHINGTON, DC 20002-4242 USA
dc.relation.ispartOfISOAbbr Psychol. Bull.
dc.relation.ispartOfIssue 5
dc.relation.ispartofPubTitle Psychological Bulletin
dc.relation.ispartofPubTitleAbbr Psychol. Bull.
dc.relation.ispartOfVolume 136
dc.source.ID WOS:000281495200005
dc.type.publication Journal
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Art
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Divergent thinking
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Music
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Prefrontal cortex
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Right brain
dc.subject.otherIndex article
dc.subject.otherIndex brain
dc.subject.otherIndex brain mapping
dc.subject.otherIndex creativity
dc.subject.otherIndex electroencephalography
dc.subject.otherIndex evoked response
dc.subject.otherIndex human
dc.subject.otherIndex methodology
dc.subject.otherIndex near infrared spectroscopy
dc.subject.otherIndex nuclear magnetic resonance imaging
dc.subject.otherIndex physiology
dc.subject.otherIndex positron emission tomography
dc.subject.otherIndex problem solving
dc.subject.otherIndex psychological theory
dc.subject.otherIndex single photon emission computer tomography
dc.subject.otherIndex thinking
dc.subject.otherIndex Brain
dc.subject.otherIndex Brain Mapping
dc.subject.otherIndex Creativeness
dc.subject.otherIndex Electroencephalography
dc.subject.otherIndex Evoked Potentials
dc.subject.otherIndex Humans
dc.subject.otherIndex Magnetic Resonance Imaging
dc.subject.otherIndex Positron-Emission Tomography
dc.subject.otherIndex Problem Solving
dc.subject.otherIndex Psychological Theory
dc.subject.otherIndex Spectroscopy, Near-Infrared
dc.subject.otherIndex Thinking
dc.subject.otherIndex Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus NEAR-INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus DIVERGENT-THINKING
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus ALPHA OSCILLATIONS
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus VERBAL CREATIVITY
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus NEURAL-NETWORKS
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus WORKING-MEMORY
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus BRAIN ACTIVITY
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus PERFORMANCE
dc.subject.otherKeywordPlus GENERATION
dc.subject.otherWOS Psychology
dc.subject.otherWOS Psychology, Multidisciplinary

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