The creative ability of the human brain represents perhaps the highest cognitive reach of 3.8 billion years of evolution. Human creativity has widely recognized value for learning and practice in the arts and sciences, and as a driver of the modern innovation economy. Because creativity has such broad and diverse impacts, the neuroscience of creativity is being pursued by a diverse set of researchers. Creativity neuroscience is a new and burgeoning area of research. At this very early stage, disconnected efforts are being undertaken separately and haphazardly by researchers siloed within sub-disciplines of psychology, education, industry, and clinical neuroscience. In order for the neuroscience of creativity to fulfill its considerable potential, there is a critical need for greater communication and cohesion among stakeholders. A foundational objective of the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity is to provide a unified and inclusive convening space for all interested parties to share their work, learn the state of the art, and most importantly forge cross-disciplinary collaborations. By combining the abundant energy sources that surround creativity neuroscience, we aspire to catalyze basic understanding of how creativity happens in the brain and the application of this knowledge toward real-world gains.
The Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity aims to establish, for the first time, an inclusive community of scholars and educators seeking to understand and actively leverage the neural mechanisms that support creative thinking, teaching, and learning.
In addition to these overarching goals, we have established a set of specific scientific priorities as critical for the productive development of the neuroscience of creativity. We will highlight work that advances these priorities at our meetings and actively encourage collaboration on these priorities among our members:
- Development of reliability for brain-based measures of creativity
- Mapping the shared vs. distinct neural networks underlying different forms of creativity
- Operationalizing key targets in education (especially in STEM fields) for which there is insufficient research about neural bases of relevant creative thinking
- Identifying neural plasticity that mediates education-based improvements in creativity
- Developing iterative, reciprocally-adaptive paradigms whereby neuroscience can inform improvements and individualization of educational approaches to fostering creativity
- Leveraging brain imaging to target neural interventions that can bolster creativity