Benton Lecture 2016
The Annual Arthur L. Benton Lecture
Monday, January 9, 2017
7:00 pm (Registration begins at 6:30pm)
Creativity and The Brain
Kenneth Heilman M.D.
The James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurology
Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Florida College of Medicine and GRECC-VAMC
Creativity is the new discovery, understanding, development and expression of orderly and meaningful relationships. Creativity has three major stages: preparation, the development (nature and nurture) of critical knowledge and skills; innovation, the development of a creative solution; and creative production. Successful preparation requires a basic level of general intelligence and domain specific knowledge and skills. Some highly creative people may have anatomic alterations of specific neocortical regions. Innovation requires disengagement and divergent thinking primarily mediated by frontal networks. Creative people are often risk-takers and novelty seekers, behaviors that activate their ventral striatal reward system. Innovation also requires associative and convergent thinking, activities that are dependent on the integration of highly distributed networks. People are often most creative when they are in mental states associated with reduced levels of brain norepinephrine, such as rest and relaxation, that may enhance the communication-connectivity between distributed networks. We, however, need to learn more about the brain mechanisms of creativity
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat
(MEETH) Hospital ,
210 East 64TH Street, NYC
New York, NY 10003
Free for NYNG members, $20 for others.
Register online at www.nyng.org