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Creative Minds: What Can Neuroscience Offer the Study of Creativity?

General Programming

dateNovember 23, 2015 timeMonday, 4:00pm–6:00pm EST location Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University
  • Center for Science and Society
  • Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience

Questions about creativity from artistic, sociological, psychological, biological, computational, philosophical, and other perspectives have long asked how people (and machines) generate ideas, solve problems, and create works of art. Historical and anthropological studies teach us how concepts like “creativity” and “genius” are contingent and change over time and place. Recent advances in neuroscience offer a new perspective with potential contributions to an explanation of the mechanisms, development, and origins of human creative faculties. How can neuroscience most effectively complement these other disciplines? What does it have to offer? What are its limitations? How could it benefit from other perspectives on creativity?

Rex Jung, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University of New Mexico
James Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut
Colleen Thomas-Young, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Dance, Barnard College
Moderator: Andrew Goldman, PhD, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

This event is part of the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series.