The Truth About Creativity - Professor Anna Abraham - Leeds International Festival

Tuesday 7 May
18:00 - 19:00

The Truth About Creativity – Professor Anna Abraham

This talk by Professor Anna Abraham forms part of our What does it mean to be human – fringe events.

What is creativity? How do we define it, and who is entitled to call themselves ‘creative’?

Is creativity a special ability for a talented few, or a capacity that everyone possesses?

Is the right brain the creative brain? Are artists more creative than the rest of us? What are the differences and similarities between the creative processes of a composer, a novelist and a choreographer? Are scientists creative? What about accountants? Is creativity always a good thing? Why is it so hard to be creative? Can I train my brain to become more creative? Do drugs and alcohol enhance creativity? Find out the answers to these questions, and many more, in this fascinating talk on creativity – defining our abilities under its remit, our innate beliefs and reservations about the term, and understanding what it truly means, physiologically and socially, to be creative.

After her talk, Anna will have her book on the subject available for purchase.

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The Truth About Creativity - Professor Anna Abraham

Tuesday 7 May 18:00 - 19:00
Free (ticketed)
The Northern Monk Refectory

Anna Abraham is a Professor of Psychology at the Leeds School of Social Sciences in Leeds Beckett University. She investigates creativity and other aspects of the human imagination, including the reality-fiction distinction, mental time travel and mental state reasoning. Her book – The Neuroscience of Creativity – was published in 2018