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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (4): 697-706.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.00697

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Neural oscillation mechanism of creativity

YE Chaoqun, LIN Yuhong, LIU Chunlei   

  1. School of Psychology, Qufu Normal University, Qufu 273165, China
  • Received:2020-03-10 Online:2021-04-15 Published:2021-02-23

Abstract: Consensus on the origin of creativity has not been reached. Taking the advantage of high temporal resolution, electroencephalography can accurately reveal the neural oscillation mechanism in the process of creative production, which facilitates a deep understanding on the nature of creativity. In recent years, studies have revealed that alpha rhythm of neural oscillation increases along with increased creativity, which reflects an increased demand for internal processing and the top-down cognitive control during creativity generation. Meanwhile, cross-frequency coupling of neural oscillation reflects the dynamic exchange of information among multiple brain regions, such as frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes, during creative production. Future research, based on integrated theoretical framework as well as multi-level and multi-approach research tools, needs to be conducted to introduce more ecological mathematical calculation methods, and to effectively predict the trend of individual creativity development through computational neuroscience modeling, which facilitates a more comprehensively and profoundly understanding of creativity.

Key words: creativity, neural oscillation, electroencephalography (EEG), alpha neural oscillation, cross-frequency coupling (CFC)

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