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 ,

Northwell Health

210 East 64TH Street, NYC

Corwin Hall

New York, NY 10003


Free for NYNG members, $20 for others.

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