Stimulation over the left prefrontal cortex unlocks creative thought

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that people are able to come up with unusual uses for ordinary objects more quickly when electrodes deactivated the activity of the left prefrontal cortex in adults that filters out irrelevant information.

For more information about this research, read the WIRED article http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-03/15/creative-thinking

The study was published in an issue of the journal Cognitive Neuroscience. Source: Noninvasive transcranial direct current stimulation over the left prefrontal cortex facilitates cognitive flexibility in tool use. Evangelia G. Chrysikou, Roy H. Hamilton, H. Branch Coslett, Abhishek Datta, Marom Bikson & Sharon L. Thompson-Schill. Cognitive Neuroscience, 2013. DOI:10.1080/17588928.2013.768221.

Modeling of electrical fields induced by tDCS

Image description: modeling of electrical fields induced by tDCS (image source: Noninvasive transcranial direct current stimulation over the left prefrontal cortex facilitates cognitive flexibility in tool use)

 

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  • EC funded

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  • Project details

    Project number: 258749
    Call (part) identifier: FP7-ICT-2009-5
    Project Start Date: 1st September 2010
    Project Duration: 48 month

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