The cognitive neuroscience of creativity

  title={The cognitive neuroscience of creativity},
  author={Arne Dietrich},
  journal={Psychonomic Bulletin \& Review},
  • A. Dietrich
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Psychology
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
This article outlines a framework of creativity based on functional neuroanatomy. Recent advances in the field of cognitive neuroscience have identified distinct brain circuits that are involved in specific higher brain functions. To date, these findings have not been applied to research on creativity. It is proposed that there are four basic types of creative insights, each mediated by a distinctive neural circuit. By definition, creative insights occur in consciousness. Given the view that… 
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