Email: annaabr[@]gmail.com | Twitter: @_imaginatrix | Group: Creativity & Imagination Lab | Profile: Google Scholar
Research Expertise: Creativity, Imagination, Reality-Fiction Distinction, Mental Time Travel, Theory of Mind, Self-Referential Thought
Domains/Disciplines: Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, Clinical Neuroscience, Social Neuroscience
Nov 2019: Keynote Address - The World in My Mind - at the "Does Fiction Change the World?" Founding Conference of the International Society for Fiction and Fictionality Studies (ISFFS), Paris, France.
Nov 2019: Guest Lecture - The Whys and Hows of the Neuroscience of Creativity - at the 'Research Skills Invited Speaker Series' for the MSc in Music Mind and the Brain and the MSc in Psychology of Aesthetics, Neuroscience and Creativity programmes, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Oct 2019: Speaker - Understanding the Creative Mind: A Neuroscientific Perspective - at the INSIDE/OUT Lecture Series, Leeds School of Art, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Oct 2019: Speaker - A Neurophilosophical Approach to the Imagination - at the Exploring the Mind’s Eye: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Imagination conference at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
Oct 2019: Keynote Address - Nurturing the Imagination - at the Empathy & Kindness at the Heart of Learning conference, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France.
Sep 2019: Keynote session on Creativity at a private event in California, USA
Jul 2019: Panel Discussant - BBC Radio 4 - Beyond Belief episode on The Imagination.
Jun 2019: Article published - The Neuropsychology of Creativity - in Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
Jun 2019: Forthcoming book - The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination - with Cambridge University Press.
May 2019: Speaker - Neuroscience & Creativity: Insights from Unnatural Bedfellows - Zangwill Club, University of Cambridge, UK.
May 2019: Panel Discussant - Beyond Belief - Faith and the Imagination Event - at the Hay Festival, UK.
May 2019: Present a Lecture - The Truth About Creativity - Leeds International Festival, UK.
Apr 2019: Paper (article) - Comparing the efficacy of four brief inductions in boosting short-term creativity - published in the Journal of
Apr 2019: Chairing a conference on Rhythm, Synchrony & Flow in the Context of Health & Illness in Leeds Beckett University, UK.
Apr 2019: Speaker - Telling Reality from Fiction: A Neurocognitive Perspective - at the School of Psychological and Social Sciences, York St John
Myths & Truths of the Creative Brain
Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival, Edinburgh, UK (Mar 14, 2019).
Understanding the Creative Brain
111th Annual Meeting of the Southern Society of Psychology and Philosophy (SSPP) Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (upcoming: Mar 7-9, 2019).
Nov 2018: Present a talk - The Imaginative Mind: A Neurophilosophical Approach - at the Department of Comparative Psychology, Heinrich
Heine University, Duesseldorf, Germany.
Nov 2018: Present a talk - Examining the Brain Basis of Creativity - at the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI), Webster
University, Geneva, Switzerland.
Oct 2018: Book published: The Neuroscience of Creativity with Cambridge University Press.
Sep 2018: Paper (article) accepted in Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences - The Neuropsychology of Creativity.
Jul 2018: Keynote Address - The Creative Brain - at the Open Source Festival Congress (An interdisciplinary congress for creativity, innovation and
new business markets), in Duesseldorf, Germany. [PROGRAMME]
Jul 2018: Panel Discussant - Touched with Fire - Genius of Madness Panel Event - at the Bradford Literature Festival, UK.
Jul 2018: Keynote Address - The Whys and Hows of Studying The Creative Brain - at the Eighth International Conference on Design Computing
and Cognition (DCC'18) in Politecnico di Milano, Lecco Campus on Lake Como, Italy.
Jun 2018: Paper (article) accepted in Journal of Cognitive Enhancement- Comparing the efficacy of four brief inductions in boosting
May 2018: Paper (article) accepted in Neuropsychologia - Creative conceptual expansion: A combined fMRI replication & extension study.
Apr 2018: Paper (chapter) accepted in Re/Searching the Social in Creativity Research: Methods, Studies, & Reflections - Creativity & the Social Brain.
Preprint - DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/5YFNW
Apr 2018: Professorial Inaugural Lecture: Discovering the Imaginative Mind.
Mar 2018: Paper (article) accepted in Journal of Consciousness Studies - The Wandering Mind: Where Imagination Meets Consciousness.
Mar 2018: Paper (chapter) accepted in Creativity Partnerships, Policy & Practice in Education - The Antecedents & Outcomes of Creative Cognition.
Mar 2018: Chair the IMAGINATION: DIVERSE APPROACHES & PERSPECTIVES symposium and present a talk - A Neurophilosophical Approach to
the Imagination - organized at the Center for Psychological Research (PsyCen), Leeds Beckett University, UK (see REPORT).
(Other Presenters: GREG CURRIE, AARON MESKIN, PAUL NOORDHOF, CHAKRAVARTI RAM-PRASAD, DEE REYNOLDS, KARL SPRACKLEN, FREYA BAILES, SIMON MORRIS, JACQUELINE BUTLER)
Feb 2018: Book in production: The Neuroscience of Creativity with Cambridge University Press.
Nov 2017: Present a talk - Creative Neurocognition: A Primer - at the CONSTRUING CREATIVITY: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE conference at
Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Oct 2017: Present a talk - Reality versus Fiction: Perspectives from Psychology & Neuroscience - in the Centre for Aesthetics seminar series at
the School of Philosophy, Religion & the History of Science, University of Leeds, UK.
Sep 2017: Present a talk - The Creative Brain - at the EDGES OF NEUROSCIENCE satellite symposium of the Federation of European Neuroscience
Societies (FENS) Regional Meeting, Pécs, Hungary.
Sep 2017: Present a talk - The Neuroscience of Creative Cognition - at the Institute of Training and Computer Science in Sport,
German Sport University Cologne, Germany.
Aug 2017: Chair the FROM MIND TO WORLD AND BACK: THE IMAGINATIVE BRAIN symposium and present a talk - The Brain Basis of
Imagination: From Imagery to Altered States - at the 125th APA Annual Convention in Washington, DC.
(Other Presenters: Rex Jung, Harry Ballan, Naomi Aguiar).
Jul 2017: Interview with the Guardian Science Podcast on A History of Human Creativity.
May 2017: Present a talk - How the Brain Tells Reality from Fiction: A Neurocognitive Perspective - at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and
Society's FACT AND FICTION: CREATION, FORMS, BOUNDARIES symposium, University of Chicago, USA. [PROGRAM: ONLINE or PDF]