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›› 2010, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (9): 1420-1429.

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Neural Basis of Creativity: Evidence From Structural and Functional Imaging

SHEN Wang-Bing;LIU Chang;CHEN Jing–Jing   

  1. Lab of Cognitive Neuroscience and School of Educational Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China
  • Received:2010-03-08 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2010-09-15 Published:2010-09-15
  • Contact: LIU Chang

Abstract: The study mainly focused on the neural basis of creativity, which based on brain structural and functional imaging studies. Evidence from brain anatomy indicated that creativity may be related to parietal and angular gyrus. However, vivo brain structural imaging researches showed that creativity mainly relative to frontal gyrus and cingulate cortex and the subcutaneous concentration of white or gray matter. Task-oriented studies found that the frontal and parietal cortex, even combining with some other areas play an important role in creativity, whereas the right frontal lobe as well as some brain regions in cerebral cortex and cerebellum activated in individual difference approach. In order to get more consistent conclusions, studies in the future should investigate creativity systematically and integrally, and also design more comparable experiments and creativity tasks to detect creativity by our high temporal and high spatial solutions technologies.

Key words: creativity, cognitive neuroscience, neural basis, domain specificity, brain imaging