Anna Abraham explains the neuroscience of creativity

Jan 14, 2019, 7:25 AM EST
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(Source: Garry Knight/flickr)

Myriads of tantalizing questions on the neuroscience of creativity have birthed a dynamic new field. Anna Abraham, in her book, abstracts the latest buzz in the field of the neuroscience of creativity, the glimpse of which could be found in the excerpts of her recent interview with Scientific American’s Scott Barry Kaufman.

Reflecting on the established definitions of creativity, Abraham considers it a challenge to frame a definition that comprehensively applies to all manifestations of creativity, be it in the field of art or in science or any other sphere. How inherent subjectivity shapes one’s perception of others’ creative prowess is another factor that complicates defining this attribute, according to Abraham.

The neuroscience of creativity, the study of brain activity during a creative process, involves a peculiar challenge, which isn’t the case with the studies of other human psychological functions. For example, a person can be examined for their memory with certain questions, but creativity cannot be elicited on demand with a prod.