Neuroscience and Society: Creativity, Genius and the Brain

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Neuroscience and Society: Creativity, Genius and the Brain

October 27, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Scientists often cite Isaac Newton when crediting the work of others who have come before them: If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Who are those “giants”? We know they are not limited to the sciences. Music has them. So does art. As well as literature. Do these giants possess the characteristics of genius and creativity in larger doses than the rest of us? What makes a genius? Why are some people so much more creative than others? How do people “become” creative or a genius? What influence do brain and environment have in developing and nurturing genius or creativity? These and other questions are the focus of this public event. Speakers will address circumstances necessary to produce a cultural environment that nurtures creativity; the role of epiphanies in the creative thinking process; and how science can contribute to enhanced creativity.


Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry
University of Iowa College of Medicine

John Kounios, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Drexel University

Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H.
Dean, School of Public Health
University of Texas, Houston

This event is part of the 2015 Neuroscience and Society series, a partnership between the Dana Foundation and AAAS.


October 27, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20005
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