Creativity and Imagination: Views of their cultural and neuroscientific basis

Wednesday evenings @ 8pm, February 6 - March 6, 2013, UC San Diego campus, Applied Physics and Math Building, Room 1882

If we examine exemplary outcomes in the sciences, arts and humanities, what might this reveal about how creativity and imaginative work occur in the human brain? How might the cross-disciplinary investigation of creativity and the imagination move us beyond the Cartesian binaries to methodological frontiers that grasp the systemic and relational bases of cognition? This 5-week seminar series will explore these questions from perspectives of research in science studies, cognitive sciences, neurosciences and cultural studies.

  • Feb 6: Rogers Hollingsworth (U. Wisconsin) — A social science perspective on creativity
  • Feb 13: Nancy Andreasen (U. Iowa) — Creativity and the brain
  • Feb 20: Shelley Streeby (UCSD, Clarke Ctr) and Vernor Vinge (SDSU) — Science fiction
  • Feb 27: Susan Foster (UCLA) with David Kirsh (UCSD, Clarke Ctr) — Dance and creativity
  • Mar 6: Amy Cook (Indiana U.) and Rafael Nuñez (UCSD, Clarke Ctr) — Cognition and narrative

Co-organizers: Stephanie Jed/Chair, Dept. of Literature; Sheldon Brown/Clarke Center for Human Imagination; and Ralph Greenspan/Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind

Contact: Conference room is small, so attendance is limited. For more information, contact Janet Shin,, 858-822-2698 or Vikki DeVries,, 619-540-3054