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A deeper definition

If we agree that creativity requires originality and usefulness, who gets to say what is original and/or useful? When we ask this question, it becomes clear that creativity is shaped …

How can we explain creativity?

It can be really frustrating when someone asks you to ‘be more creative’. This request makes it sound like it is one of those skills you can just start doing …

What is the classic creative process?

If you google ‘creative process’ you will get over 3 billion results! This goes to show there are many different takes on what this process involves. Here, we will look …

Creativity as a collaborative practice

Sometimes we think of creativity as a solo pursuit. We think of famous painters or innovators and single them out as creative geniuses, working alone. This is not the norm …

How Neuroscience Relates to Creativity

Onarheim and Friis-Olivarius (2013) present five key concepts based on basic brain processes. These are not only mental processes, but they relate in some ways to our capacity to be …

Our brains do not like uncertainty

Beau Lotto is a professor of Neuroscience at University of London. In this Big Think video from 2017 he explains how we humans have evolved to do nearly anything to …

Understanding our brain can help our creativity

Cognitive neuroscience tries to understand how the brain operates and what cognitive processes are involved in certain activities (or which parts are active or not active). To do this, neuroscientists …

Creativity is uniquely human

Children are often seen as being creative. They do not mind painting a tree yellow if they want to, or creating an imaginary world to play in. We often hear, …

Creativity in daily life

We have now learnt that creativity is not just for artists, it is not just something people do for fleeting moments. It is something we engage in frequently. Professor Murray …

How can you feel more creative?

In this short video, several creative people explain some of the things that help them to feel more creative. They do not mention neuroscience or specific cognitive processes, they talk …

Divergent thinking

In terms of creativity and coming up with original and novel ideas, divergent thinking is the key. It is easier for some people than others, but it is essential. Divergent …

How to…

In this short introductory course you have been introduced to different mental processes that we know encourage creativity and enables us to come up with ideas that are original. Once …
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