Past Event

What Can Neuroscience Offer the Study of Creativity - Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

November 23, 2015
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Buell Hall, Columbia University, 515 West 116th Street, New York

The event recording is available via YouTube. 


  • Rex Jung, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University of New Mexico
  • James Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Colleen Thomas-Young, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Dance, Barnard College

Moderator: Andrew Goldman, PhD, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

Questions about creativity from artistic, sociological, psychological, biological, computational, philosophical, and other perspectives have long asked how people (and machines) generate ideas, solve problems, and create works of art.  Historical and anthropological studies teach us how concepts like “creativity” and “genius” are contingent and change over time and place.  Recent advances in neuroscience offer a new perspective with potential contributions to an explanation of the mechanisms, development, and origins of human creative faculties.  How can neuroscience most effectively complement these other disciplines?  What does it have to offer?  What are its limitations?  How could it benefit from other perspectives on creativity?

This event is free and open to the public. 

This event is part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series.