Seminar in Cognitive Science
- Oct. 20: Paul Thagard, Visual Thinking in Discovery and Invention
- Oct. 25: students only
- Oct. 27: Essay 1 due
How to be a successful scientist
Week 5: Genius and Brains
Questions about eminent individuals (ch. 9)
- What is a genius? What are the relevant exemplars, prototypes, and explanations?
- What is the difference between personal, historical, and world-historical creativity?
- What are the psychological correlates of genius?
- Are there degrees of genius?
- Why is productivity a hallmark of genius?
- How is genius related to psychopathology?
- Are some leaders geniuses?
- Can genius be fostered?
- Is everyday creativity important?
Questions about neuroscience (ch. 11)
- Can creativity be explained as a neural process?
- Is creativity a right-brain phenomenon?
- Does creativity arise from reductions in network inhibition?
- What neural mechanisms are responsible for cognitive processes such as conceptual combination and analogy?
- What role does emotion play in neural processes of creativity?
- Does creativity have a genetic basis?
- What are the relations between neural and social mechanisms of creativity?
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