Thursday, October 8th, 2020
A selective overview, as evidenced by theory and research in psychology and neuroscience, is presented on the nature of human creativity in terms of its core features. Attention will be drawn into some of the key differences that are apparent when comparing human creativity with AI-based forms. These include (A) multiplicity and flexibility within and across domains of creative engagement, (B) endogenous assessment of appropriateness of the creative response, (C) use of the same cognitive toolboxes to creative and non-creative ends, (D) the dynamic engagement of multiple distinct operations in human creativity as well as (E) intra-individual and inter-individual differences in the same.
Anna Abraham is the E. Paul Torrance Professor for Creativity & Gifted Education and the Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity & Talent Development at the College of Education in the University of Georgia (Athens, USA). As a psychologist and neuroscientist, she investigates the cognitive and brain mechanisms underlying creativity and other aspects of the human imagination including the reality-fiction distinction, mental time travel, and mental state reasoning. She is the author of numerous publications including the book, The Neuroscience of Creativity (2018, Cambridge University Press), and the edited volume, The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination (2020).