Network Neuroscience of Creative Cognition: Mapping Cognitive Mechanisms and Individual Differences in the Creative Brain.


Journal Article

Network neuroscience research is providing increasing specificity on the contribution of large-scale brain networks to creative cognition. Here, we summarize recent experimental work examining cognitive mechanisms of network interactions and correlational studies assessing network dynamics associated with individual creative abilities. Our review identifies three cognitive processes related to network interactions during creative performance: goal-directed memory retrieval, prepotent-response inhibition, and internally-focused attention. Correlational work using prediction modeling indicates that functional connectivity between networks-particularly the executive control and default networks-can reliably predict an individual's creative thinking ability. We discuss potential directions for future network neuroscience, including assessing creative performance in specific domains and using brain stimulation to test causal hypotheses regarding network interactions and cognitive mechanisms of creative thought.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beaty, RE; Seli, P; Schacter, DL

Published Date

  • June 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 /

Start / End Page

  • 22 - 30

PubMed ID

  • 30906824

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30906824

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2352-1554

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2352-1546

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cobeha.2018.08.013


  • eng