"The neural and cognitive correlates of creativity"
University of Amsterdam - Work and Organizational Psychology
Dr. Matthijs Baas (University of Amsterdam), dr. Simon van Gaal (University of Amsterdam), prof.dr. Carsten de Dreu (University of Amsterdam)
1 September 2013 - 1 September 2017
University of Amsterdam
Creativity, the ability to generate novel and useful ideas is a key driver of human evolution, and among the most valued and sought after competencies in contemporary societies. Because creativity provides fitness functionality in both ancestral and contemporary societies, it stands to reason that (i) the human brain evolved to sustain and promote creative thinking and we should be able to identify (ii) the brain circuitries and neuromodulators of creativity. To better understand the nature and processes underlying the social psychology of creativity, this project investigates the potential brain correlates and neuromodulators underlying different facets of creative performance. More specifically, the project sets out to identify (i) the brain potentials associated with, and (ii) the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the flexibility and persistence pathway to creative outcomes, and (iii) to identify the neural correlates that explain classic social psychological effects of social cues on creativity.