A number of neurostimulation methods, e.g., using electrical current, have been shown to improve to improve creative performance. Such methods may be unsuitable for everyday design tasks. One brain area that has been shown to be successfully stimulated is the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC). The dlPFC is also activated by performing tasks that require resolving conflict, e.g., the Stroop task. Is it possible that performing the Stroop task and other tasks that involve conflict could serve as interventions to increase creative performance?
See a 7-minute presentation by Alex Sahar – the lead author.
Sahar A, Farb N, Shu LH (2020) Mirroring Neurostimulation Outcomes Through Behavioral Interventions to Improve Creative Performance, Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, 16-19 August 2020, St. Louis MO USA, Paper number IDETC2020-22557/19328. (DTM)
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