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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (11): 1869-1878.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01869

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Neural Mechanism of Creative Cognitive Process Influenced by Emotion

HU Weiping1,2; WANG Botao1; DUAN Haijun1; CHENG Lifang3; ZHOU Huan1; LI Jingjing1   

  1. (1 MOE Key Laboratory of Modern Teaching Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China)
    (2 National Innovation Center for Assessment and Improvement of Basic Education Quality, Beijing 100875, china)
    (3 School of Psychology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China)
  • Received:2015-03-19 Online:2015-11-15 Published:2015-11-15
  • Contact: HU Weiping,


It is known that emotion greatly affects creative generation. Most related studies on the relationship between emotion and creativity are based on individuals’ behavior performance. However, they have not reached a consistent conclusion. This program systematically examines the cognitive process of creativity under the influence of emotion. According to the notion that creative generation is a progressive low-high cognitive process, the generating process of creativity is divided into primary process and secondary process. Cognitive neuroscience technology and several improved experimental paradigms including novelty judgment task, remote association test and Chinese logogriph task are employed to investigate the time course and spatial pattern of the active cerebral region of creativity in this program.

Key words: emotion, creativity, insight, neural mechanism, ERP