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Secrets of Creativity: What Neuroscience, the Arts, and Our Minds Reveal

Suzanne Nalbantian and Paul M. Matthews


This book draws from leading neuroscientists and scholars in the humanities and the arts to probe creativity in its many manifestations, including the everyday mind, the exceptional mind, the pathological mind, the scientific mind, and the artistic mind. It offers a brand new interdisciplinary approach revealing secrets of creativity that emerge from our everyday lives and from the minds of exceptional individuals and their discoveries or creations. Neuroscientists, psychologists, and humanities researchers provide new insights about the workings of the creative brain. Components of creativity ... More

Keywords: memory, prefrontal cortex, default mode network, REM sleep, neuroimaging, associative networks, context, emotion, imagination, interdisciplinarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190462321
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190462321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Suzanne Nalbantian, editor
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Long Island University

Paul M. Matthews, editor
Edmund J. and Lily Safra Chair of Translational Neuroscience and Therapeutics, Imperial College London

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Front Matter

Part I Theories of Creativity

1 Artistic Creativity

Jean-Pierre Changeux

3 The Psychology of Creativity

Robert J. Sternberg

4 Clues to Human Creativity

Charlotte Stagg and Geraint A. Wiggins

Part II Creativity and the Brain

7 Creativity

Paul M. Matthews

Part III Mechanisms of Creativity

9 Memory Linking and Creativity

Alcino J. Silva and John Bickle

Part IV Literary Creativity in Context

Part V Aesthetics and Creativity

Part VI Creativity and the Contemporary Novelist