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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

IRCS Conference Room

John Kounios
Department of Psychology
Drexel University

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Insight

Insight, colloquially known as the “Aha moment,” is the sudden reorganization of a knowledge representation resulting in a new understanding of an object, concept, situation, or event. Though insight has been a focus of research in experimental psychology for about a century, typically in the context of visual perception or problem solving, little progress was made in understanding this phenomenon after the early pioneering studies of the Gestalt psychologists. However, the advent of cognitive neuroscience – neuroimaging in particular – has reinvigorated the study of insight and elucidated its place in the newly emerging cognitive neuroscience of creativity. This talk will focus on neural activity at the moment of insight and during preceding states, including resting-state brain correlates of the tendency toward an insightful or analytic cognitive style.