Creativity: how can it manifest itself in different settings, and how can it be stimulated?
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Creativity: how can it manifest itself in different settings, and how can it be stimulated?

03/04/2024 - 06/04/2024 BIAL Foundation
Location: Porto, Portugal
Address Casa do Médico, Porto

Creativity - our ability to imagine and bring into existence something new - is probably the most remarkable feature of human cognition. It is at the core of scientific innovation and drives art in all its forms; it is what explains progress, revolutions, crises and their resolution. But how does it work? What do we know about what creativity is, who has it, and what can we do to enhance it?

With its 14th “Behind and Beyond the Brain” Symposium, the BIAL Foundation seeks to address such questions by gathering prominent neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and artists and engaging them in a profoundly interdisciplinary dialogue over the course of a rich program extending over four days.

The second session, taking place on the morning of April 5th, will explore different expressions of creativity and different ways in which creativity can be stimulated. The speakers, moderated by Rainer Goebel (Maastricht, NL), will discuss the following exciting questions: How does creativity depend on the environmental setting when we generate new ideas? Is there a link between Psi experiences and creativity? How do creativity and meaning arise in music and in scientific research?

Michael Hanchett Hanson (New York, US) will focus on how the systems view of creative work fits with the objectives of effective education. His talk will discuss what it could mean to take a systems view of creativity within education, based on developmental systems perspectives, sociocultural systems principles, distributed cognition theory, and Gregory Bateson’s model of deuterolearning.

Next, Lucia Melloni (Frankfurt, DE) will report on creative approaches to science. Considering that one of the most significant mysteries in the universe is understanding how our subjective experience, or consciousness, emerges from the collective action of neurons in biological systems, Melloni will focus her talk on the use of adversarial collaboration to harness collective intelligence and boost creativity in science.

Marilyn Schlitz (Palo Alto, US) will explore the links between psi phenomena and the creative mind. While creativity and psi are elusive, spontaneous, and difficult to control, results of recent research indicate that work with creative populations, and under conditions that elicit the creative imagination, are productive and compelling avenues for the study of psi phenomena.

Finally, in the closing keynote lecture, Morten Kringelbach (Oxford, UK) will talk about “the improvising brain”. Over the last decade, significant progress was made in understanding how the brain orchestrates hedonia, but here Kringelbach will focus on neuroimaging studies of the ‘sweet anticipation’ of music showing not only how music leads to pleasure, but also to meaning making and thriving.

The 14th “Behind and Beyond the Brain” Symposium will be held from April 3 to 6, 2024, at Casa do Médico, Porto, Portugal. The event will be organised only for an in-person audience. Registrations are open and available here.
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  • Michael Hanchett Hanson, Director, Masters Concentration in Creativity and Cognition, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA; Member of the Chair, Homo Creativus, l'Université de Paris-Cité, France; Speaker in the 14th “Behind and Beyond the Brain” Symposium.
  • Lucia Melloni, Head of the Neural Circuits, Consciousness, and Cognition Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany; Research Professor, Department of Neurology, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, USA; Speaker in the 14th “Behind and Beyond the Brain” Symposium.
  • Marilyn Schlitz, Professor of Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University, Bulgaria, and CEO/President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute of Noetic Sciences, USA; Speaker in the 14th “Behind and Beyond the Brain” Symposium.
  • Morten Kringelbach, Professor of Neuroscience, Universities of Oxford, UK, and Aarhus, Denmark; Founding Director of Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing, Linacre College; Speaker in the 14th “Behind and Beyond the Brain” Symposium.
03/04/2024 - 06/04/2024 BIAL Foundation
Regions: Europe, Portugal
Keywords: Society, Social Sciences, Psychology, Science, Life Sciences, Health, People in health research, Humanities, Philosophy & ethics

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