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Originality of divergent thinking is associated with working memory–related brain activity: evidence from a large sample study

Hikaru Takeuchi, Yasuyuki Taki, Rui Nouchi, Ryoichi Yokoyama, Yuka Kotozaki, Seishu Nakagawa, Atsushi Sekiguchi, Kunio Iizuka, Sugiko Hanawa, Tsuyoshi Araki, Carlos Makoto Miyauchi, Kohei Sakaki (+6 others)
2020 NeuroImage  
Here, we aimed to determine the associations of CMDT originality/fluency scores and brain activity associated with working memory (WM) and simple cognitive processes during the N-back paradigm in a cohort  ...  The originality of creativity measured by divergent thinking (CMDT) is a unique variable that is positively correlated with psychometric intelligence and other psychological measures.  ...  This study was supported by JST/RISTEX, JST/CREST, a Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) (KAKENHI 23700306) and a Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (A) (KAKENHI 25700012) from the Ministry of Education  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116825 pmid:32344064 fatcat:r6re337g5rgtjlbnsrrpobjpx4

Creative females have larger white matter structures: Evidence from a large sample study

Hikaru Takeuchi, Yasuyuki Taki, Rui Nouchi, Ryoichi Yokoyama, Yuka Kotozaki, Seishu Nakagawa, Atsushi Sekiguchi, Kunio Iizuka, Yuki Yamamoto, Sugiko Hanawa, Tsuyoshi Araki, Carlos Makoto Miyauchi (+8 others)
2016 Human Brain Mapping  
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We thank Yuki Yamada for operating the MRI scanner, Haruka Nouchi for conducting the psychological tests, all other assistants for helping with the experiments and the study, and the study  ...  A study reviewing functional magnetic resonance imaging also concluded that during divergent thinking, declarative memory-related regions were strongly activated in men, while regions involved in theory  ...  Thus, for the purpose of this study, we analyzed rWMV data from a large sample of young adults (n 5 1336) using VBM [Ashburner and Friston, 2000 ]'s newest version which is implemented in SPM12 (http:  ... 
doi:10.1002/hbm.23369 pmid:27647672 fatcat:vcoty2js7nckrb3clzgp24ews4

Brain correlates underlying creative thinking: EEG alpha activity in professional vs. novice dancers

Andreas Fink, Barbara Graif, Aljoscha C. Neubauer
2009 NeuroImage  
However, most of the studies investigated brain activity during the performance of comparatively simple (verbal) type of tasks and the majority of studies focused on samples of the normal population.  ...  In this study we investigate EEG activity in professional dancers (n = 15) who have attained a high level of expertise in this domain.  ...  Acknowledgments The authors wish to express their large gratitude to Cornelia Rendl and Andreas Schirgi for organizing and conducting the EEG test sessions and for analyzing the EEG data with great engagement  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.02.036 pmid:19269335 fatcat:s2qyew7gi5fozig5dq5f57yp3a

The creative brain: Investigation of brain activity during creative problem solving by means of EEG and FMRI

Andreas Fink, Roland H. Grabner, Mathias Benedek, Gernot Reishofer, Verena Hauswirth, Maria Fally, Christa Neuper, Franz Ebner, Aljoscha C. Neubauer
2009 Human Brain Mapping  
The EEG study revealed that the generation of original ideas was associated with alpha synchronisation in frontal brain regions and with a diffuse and widespread pattern of alpha synchronisation over parietal  ...  The fMRI study revealed that task performance was associated with strong activation in frontal regions of the left hemisphere.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The valuable contributions of Anna Kanape, Christine Kragl, Nadja Kozel and Klaus Feichtinger to this research project are gratefully acknowledged.  ... 
doi:10.1002/hbm.20538 pmid:18266217 fatcat:xe3b6lmvvjhx5hpdnowcsffyxu

Concept generation techniques change patterns of brain activation during engineering design

Tripp Shealy, John Gero, Mo Hu, Julie Milovanovic
2020 Design Science  
These regions are associated with divergent thinking and ill-defined problem-solving. TRIZ produces more cognitive activation in the left DLPFC.  ...  This region is associated with convergent thinking and making judgments. Morphological analysis and TRIZ also enable greater coordination (i.e., synchronized activation) between brain regions.  ...  Acknowledgements This material is based in part on work supported by The National Science Foundation, through Grant EEC-1929892 and EEC-1929896.  ... 
doi:10.1017/dsj.2020.30 fatcat:vr37nqattrg6bdspu2ez5qzldy

Working memory training is associated with lower prefrontal cortex activation in a divergent thinking task

O. Vartanian, M.-E. Jobidon, F. Bouak, A. Nakashima, I. Smith, Q. Lam, B. Cheung
2013 Neuroscience  
These results indicate that a short regimen of WM training is associated with lower prefrontal activation-a marker of neural efficiency-in divergent thinking.  ...  test of divergent thinking.  ...  This is especially true in light of recent evidence showing that whereas earlier responses in divergent thinking tasks tend to be retrieved from memory and are less likely to be creative, later responses  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.12.060 pmid:23357116 fatcat:yf4wbffvozhmdlum6kesi27ixy

Creative Activities in Music – A Genome-Wide Linkage Analysis

Jaana Oikkonen, Tuire Kuusi, Petri Peltonen, Pirre Raijas, Liisa Ukkola-Vuoti, Kai Karma, Päivi Onkamo, Irma Järvelä, Mark Andrew Runco
2016 PLoS ONE  
Creative activities in music represent a complex cognitive function of the human brain, whose biological basis is largely unknown.  ...  Pathway analysis of the genes suggestively associated with composing suggested an overrepresentation of the cerebellar long-term depression pathway (LTD), which is a cellular model for synaptic plasticity  ...  We thank the High-Throughput Genomics Group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics for generation of the genotype data.  ... 
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148679 pmid:26909693 pmcid:PMC4766096 fatcat:d7gnqc3imrb25gegpxyfd67nyy

Training of verbal creativity modulates brain activity in regions associated with language- and memory-related demands

Andreas Fink, Mathias Benedek, Karl Koschutnig, Eva Pirker, Elisabeth Berger, Sabrina Meister, Aljoscha C. Neubauer, Ilona Papousek, Elisabeth M. Weiss
2015 Human Brain Mapping  
Taken together, this study demonstrates that continuous engagement in a specific complex cognitive task like divergent thinking is associated with reliable changes of activity patterns in relevant brain  ...  Whole-brain voxel-wise analyses (along with supplementary region of interest analyses) revealed that the training was associated with activity changes in well-known creativity-related brain regions such  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENT The authors wish to express their large gratitude to Alexandra Lipfert, Thomas Zussner and Nicole Nagl who performed the scans.  ... 
doi:10.1002/hbm.22901 pmid:26178653 pmcid:PMC4587539 fatcat:cjx2jafsjfdknbn72nzjbpwyzy

EEG alpha power and creative ideation

Andreas Fink, Mathias Benedek
2014 Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews  
Alpha power varies as a function of creativity-related task demands and the originality of ideas, is positively related to an individuals' creativity level, and has been observed to increase as a result  ...  Alpha increases during creative ideation could reflect more internally oriented attention that is characterized by the absence of external bottom-up stimulation and, thus, a form of top-down activity.  ...  Acknowledgements Parts of the research presented in this review were supported by grants of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): P16393, P19842 and P23914.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2012.12.002 pmid:23246442 pmcid:PMC4020761 fatcat:5zipauwqlrg45n2tolznnhcqoa

Sensitivity of EEG upper alpha activity to cognitive and affective creativity interventions

Andreas Fink, Daniela Schwab, Ilona Papousek
2011 International Journal of Psychophysiology  
The interventions were associated with stronger prefrontal alpha activity in the upper alpha band (10-12 Hz) than the control condition (no intervention), possibly indicating a state of heightened internal  ...  We investigated whether creative cognition can be improved by means of cognitive and affective stimulation and whether these interventions are associated with changes of EEG alpha activity.  ...  Acknowledgments The authors wish to express their large gratitude to Ellen Hofer and Natascha Pichler for their valuable help in data collection.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2011.09.003 pmid:21930162 fatcat:sbbhqwvqqfa67kl3ts76dm2v7a

Humor comprehension and creative cognition: Shared and distinct neurocognitive mechanisms as indicated by EEG alpha activity

Corinna M. Perchtold-Stefan, Ilona Papousek, Christian Rominger, Magdalena Schertler, Elisabeth M. Weiss, Andreas Fink
2020 NeuroImage  
Humor comprehension is increasingly recognized as showing parallels to more conventional creative cognition; yet our understanding of brain mechanisms underlying creative cognition in a humorous context  ...  Findings are interpreted in line with recent literature on the functional role of alpha activity in the creativity domain.  ...  of ongoing working memory processes from task-irrelevant activity (for overviews see, Fink and Benedek, 2014) .  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116695 pmid:32142882 fatcat:u6y5x4aesbdcfllsugxx6yeukm

Think Hard or Think Smart: Network Reconfigurations After Divergent Thinking Associate With Creativity Performance

Hong-Yi Wu, Bo-Cheng Kuo, Chih-Mao Huang, Pei-Jung Tsai, Ai-Ling Hsu, Li-Ming Hsu, Chi-Yun Liu, Jyh-Horng Chen, Changwei W. Wu
2020 Frontiers in Human Neuroscience  
Evidence suggests divergent thinking is the cognitive basis of creative thoughts.  ...  The findings not only confirmed the possibility of brain dynamic reconfiguration following divergent thinking, but also suggested the distinct IFGN reconfiguration between individuals with different creativity  ...  We sincerely thank the technical supports of Imaging Center for Integrated Body, Mind and Culture Research, National Taiwan University.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fnhum.2020.571118 pmid:33328929 pmcid:PMC7714934 fatcat:vwtvl6jhubaqpbkp6cn6g7qyt4

Active wakefulness and paradoxical sleep: common mechanisms?

Alexander A. Borbély
1978 Behavioral and Brain Sciences  
simplistic ways of thinking than is evident in retrospect.  ...  It is also evident from animal and human studies that memory-storage processes persist whether D sleep occurs or not.  ...  If the activity of type-2 neurons is associated with memory consolidation in rats, then during a learning session in which increased REM is obtained, increased type-2 activity should also be observed.  ... 
doi:10.1017/s0140525x00076147 fatcat:wnlx56kyzzaf5bas6snoi6ithm

The Relation between Gray Matter Morphology and Divergent Thinking in Adolescents and Young Adults

Janna Cousijn, P. Cédric M. P Koolschijn, Kiki Zanolie, Sietske W. Kleibeuker, Eveline A. Crone, Karen Lidzba
2014 PLoS ONE  
AUT brain activity was not associated with cortical thickness.  ...  The results support an important role of a widespread brain network involved in flexible visuo-spatial divergent thinking, providing evidence for a relation between cortical thickness and visuo-spatial  ...  These structure-function associations converge largely with brain activity of non-verbal creativity tasks from a recent meta-analysis of fMRI studies [53] .  ... 
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114619 pmid:25514366 pmcid:PMC4267782 fatcat:jvvqy6vo2ng4ng4bbibqhmiyli

Cognitive and neural correlates of the 5-repeat allele of the dopamine D4 receptor gene in a population lacking the 7-repeat allele

Hikaru Takeuchi, Hiroaki Tomita, Yasuyuki Taki, Yoshie Kikuchi, Chiaki Ono, Zhiqian Yu, Atsushi Sekiguchi, Rui Nouchi, Yuka Kotozaki, Seishu Nakagawa, Carlos Makoto Miyauchi, Kunio Iizuka (+9 others)
2015 NeuroImage  
The 5-repeat allele of a common length polymorphism in the gene that encodes the dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) is robustly associated with the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and  ...  In this study, we investigated the effect of this allele on microstructural properties of the brain and on its functional activity during externally directed attention-demanding tasks and creative performance  ...  This study was supported by JST/RISTEX, JST/CREST, a Grantin-Aid for Young Scientists (B) (KAKENHI 23700306) and a Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (A) (KAKENHI 25700012) from the Ministry of Education  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.01.053 pmid:25659462 fatcat:cpvk2q3yybavdnjvqds75njewe
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