Interacting brain networks underlying creative cognition and artistic performance

Roger E. Beaty, Rex E. Jung

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Cognitive neuroscience research has begun to address the potential interaction of brain networks supporting creativity by employing new methods in brain network science. Network methods offer a significant advance compared to individual region of interest studies due to their ability to account for the complex and dynamic interactions among discrete brain regions. As this chapter demonstrates, several recent studies have reported a remarkably similar pattern of brain network connectivity across a range of creative tasks and domains. In general, such work suggests that creative thought may involve dynamic interactions, primarily between the default and control networks, providing key insights into the roles of spontaneous and controlled processes in creative cognition. The chapter summarizes this emerging body of research and proposes a framework designed to account for the joint influence of controlled and spontaneous thought processes in creativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Spontaneous Thought
Subtitle of host publicationMind-Wandering, Creativity, and Dreaming
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780190464745
StatePublished - Apr 5 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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