Functional neuroimaging of visual creativity: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Pidgeon, L. M., Grealy, M., Duffy, A. H.B., Hay, L., McTeague, C., Vuletic, T., Coyle, D. and Gilbert, S. J. (2016) Functional neuroimaging of visual creativity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Brain and Behavior, 6(10), e00540. (doi: 10.1002/brb3.540) (PMID:27781148) (PMCID:PMC5064346)

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Abstract

Introduction: The generation of creative visual imagery contributes to technological and scientific innovation and production of visual art. The underlying cognitive and neural processes are, however, poorly understood. Methods: This review synthesizes functional neuroimaging studies of visual creativity. Seven functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and 19 electroencephalography (EEG) studies were included, comprising 27 experiments and around 800 participants. Results: Activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis of the fMRI studies comparing visual creativity to non-rest control tasks yielded significant clusters in thalamus, left fusiform gyrus, and right middle and inferior frontal gyri. The EEG studies revealed a tendency for decreased alpha power during visual creativity compared to baseline, but comparisons of visual creativity to non-rest control tasks revealed inconsistent findings. Conclusions: The findings are consistent with suggested contributions to visual creativity of prefrontally mediated inhibition, evaluation, and working memory, as well as visual imagery processes. Findings are discussed in relation to prominent theories of the neural basis of creativity.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This study was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Grant/Award Number: EP/M012123/1 and EP/M01214X/1).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lyall, Dr Laura
Authors: Pidgeon, L. M., Grealy, M., Duffy, A. H.B., Hay, L., McTeague, C., Vuletic, T., Coyle, D., and Gilbert, S. J.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Brain and Behavior
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:2162-3279
ISSN (Online):2157-9032
Published Online:11 August 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Brain and Behavior 6(10): e00540
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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