Can You Learn to Be More Creative?

University of San Francisco

Neuroscientist and opera singer/director, Indre Viskontas, is an associate professor of psychology at The University of San Francisco. Combining a passion for music with scientific curiosity, she also is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to co-hosting the docuseries Miracle Detectives on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and hosting the popular science podcast Inquiring Minds, Professor Viskontas is also the Creative Director of Pasadena Opera. Dr. Viskontas has published over 50 papers and chapters related to the neural basis of memory and creativity, and is the author of How Music Can Make You Better.

Overview

Can You Learn Creativity?

Creativity is often cited as a trait we value in our employees, teachers, friends and colleagues. But once we leave kindergarten, we are rewarded for conforming, and the teaching of creativity is often relegated to extra-curricular activities. What do we know about the creative brain? Is there such a thing, or is creativity something we learn, like any other skill? Creativity comes in many forms and its neural basis is a reflection, of course, of this variability. There are a few general principles, however, which will be outlined in this talk by neuroscientist and musician Indre Viskontas, along with an overview of the state-of-the-art of research on the topic and suggestions for future directions. A special emphasis will be placed on the training of creativity in music performance, including observations and insights gained while teaching musicians at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and directing operas.

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Dennis Andersen

Fascinating with unexpected directions.

Indre Viskontas does a great job of explaining things simply and making you think. How does creativity work? Who is creative? Are mental illnesses good or bad for creativity. Electrical stimulation. And a great Q&A session! I am looking for more great sessions with Dr Viskontas.

11 months ago
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