The Neuroscience of Creativity with Dr Pinar Oztop - Seed Talks Liverpool - Camp and Furnace

The Neuroscience of Creativity
with Dr Pinar Oztop

@ Camp

Wednesday 13th March 2024

7.00pm - 9.30pm

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Learn what creativity is, how it functions in your brain and how to improve. Followed by Q+A.

It’s magic, to make something out of nothing. Science can reveal how the brain does this amazing trick! In this talk, Dr Pinar Oztop shows you what we know about the neuroscience of creativity. It is the process that sees something arrive in the brain and be transformed into a work of art, a wonder of the world or even into a thought about whether we need more milk. You will learn about the brain processes that create new ideas and power our imagination, including our fantasies. Exploring these neuronal processes will help us understand creativity and who we really are as humans.

For the hundred billion neurons in each ball of brain that make us human, creativity is something inherent and essential. The brain creates stuff out of the neverlands of our subconscious for a purpose, to help us survive and thrive in the dance of life.

Come on in. Let’s explore some marvellous things.

You will leave knowing…

– What creativity is

– How creativity works in the brain

– Which parts of the brain are involved in creativity

– The different types of creativity

– What we can do to encourage our creativity, based on neuroscience

Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm – come down early to grab a good seat!

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Dr Pinar Oztop is a lecturer in Early Childhood in Liverpool Hope University, where she leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She completed her PhD in Psychology at  University of Plymouth as a Marie Curie Fellow in the multi-disciplinary doctoral program CogNovo, where she explored the role of intersubjectivity in collaborative creativity process. She specifically focused on the creative flow process in improvised dance, orchestra, musical theatre as well as the collaborative creative process of children in primary and secondary education stage. Currently she is exploring  research questions relating to development of creativity in young children as well as advancing existing psychological creativity measures with a specific focus on embodiment. Additionally, she is also developing a creative expression workshop program for migrant Turkish families and children in Liverpool. Finally, this summer she will be leading a school based project supporting the work and development of Ramacrisna Arts Co-operative in Brazil, as a part of Global Hope, social justice focused volunteering initiative of Liverpool Hope University.