Submit your abstract by March 15
The submission deadline for the EC3 Conference is approaching fast! You still have 4 more days to submit your abstract to the 2nd Creativity Week (idea pitches) and to the 3rd MIC Conference (paper presentations).
Dr. Mathias Benedek (University of Graz, Austria)
Prof. James C. Kaufman (University of Connecticut, USA)
Prof. Todd Lubart (Université Paris Descartes, France)
Dr. Lambros Malafouris (University of Oxford, UK)
Prof. Roni Reiter-Palmon (University of Nebraska, USA)
Submission deadline extension
The deadline for Abstract submission at the EC3 Conference has been extended to March 15, 2019. Please take this opportunity to submit your abstract and contribute actively to the conference programme!
You still have two weeks and a half (submission deadline February 28) to submit your abstract to the 2nd Creativity Week (idea pitches) and to the 3rd MIC Conference (paper presentations).
Submit by email at firstname.lastname@example.org a max 250 words description of an idea or question you would like to pitch for an idea incubators along with contributors’ details. Pitches involve 5 min presentations followed by discussion. Incubator sessions will group 3-4 related pitches and involve both contributors and the audience. More information can be found here.
3rd Marconi Institute for Creativity Conference, Bologna, Italy
Submit by email at email@example.com a max 2-pages long abstract following the abstract template. Clearly identify the abstract’s area of interest. More information and the downloadable abstract template can be found here.
Hope to see you in Geneva and in Bologna next June. The program promises to be very exciting!
We look forward to your submission and participation!
We are proud to announce a unique scientific event for the Creativity & Innovation community: EC3 – ‘Incubating the Future’!
The European Collaborative Creativity Conference (EC3) joins the 2nd Webster Creativity Week, organized by the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI), and the 3rd MIC Conference organized by the Marconi Institute for Creativity (MIC) under a collaborative framework for the advancement of theory, research, and practice in creativity studies.
Schedule: by joining this event, you will have the chance to spend three days in Geneva at Webster, for the Creativity Week (June 17-19, 2019), cross the Alps on an organized tour, and then continue in Bologna (June 20-22, 2019) for the MIC Conference in the home of Guglielmo Marconi!
Invited speakers include (list to be updated):
We will welcome your contribution to either part of EC3, in Geneva (idea pitches) and/or in Bologna (paper presentations). Please download the Call for Contributions for all details (see also our websites: WCCI-EC3, MIC-EC3)
We look forward to your submission and participation!
Festival of the Technical Culture 2018: two events organized by MIC-FGM
On Saturday November 10 and on Saturaday November 17 MIC will talk about creativity at Villa Griffone. In the first event (November 10) we will talk about: The development of intellectual property: how to combine technical expertise and creative thinking. During the secon event (November 17) we will talk about: Technical-scientific culture & creativity: lessons learned from the genius of Gugliemo Marconi.
Link to the Festival program: http://www.festivalculturatecnica.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Festival_Cultura_Tecnica_2018_Programma.pdf
For more information on the two events read more here below (in Italian language):
Creative vs. Computational Thinking
When surprise becomes a rational necessity
A public talk by Prof. Giovanni Corazza in the Creativity and Innovation Lecture Series organized by the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI) (24 May 2018)
The human species is running fast towards what can be identified as the Post-Information Society, in which anthropomorphic as well as non-anthropomorphic forms of artificial intelligence will be pervasive, with dramatic impact on both the job market and the educational system. It is therefore essential that we pose today both ultimate and proximal questions about the future of our species and its role in future cyber-physical collaborations. While there is a current tendency to believe that the correct answer for the educational system is the introduction of computational thinking as a subject for all, we maintain that this set of skills will not be sufficient, and indeed not the most important one. Our well-being from both psychological and social points of view, as well as the preservation of our specific role in the economy, will depend on the development of the specifically human traits and abilities related to what we identify as organic creativity, which includes our capacity to use unexpected elements in our cognitive processes: surprise will have to become a rational necessity!
Can we increase creative performance through the training of specific brain dynamics?
A new article published on Neuropsychologia by MIC describes an innovative neurofeedback procedure to increase creative cognition
The present article describes an innovative neurofeedback training (NFT) procedure aimed at increasing creative cognition through the enhancement of specific brain activities previously associated with divergent thinking. We designed and tested two NFT protocols based on training alpha and beta EEG oscillations selectively measured over the right parietal region. A total of 80 participants were involved, 40 in the alpha NFT protocol and 40 in the beta NFT protocol. The NFT loop was closed on a video stream that would advance only when oscillation power exceeded a normalized threshold. The total duration of the protocol was two hours in a single day, hence its classification as rapid. Changes in ideational fluency and originality, measured with a divergent thinking task, were compared between participants receiving real video feedback and participants receiving sham feedback. We controlled for individual differences in creative achievement level. Results showed that the protocols were effective at enhancing alpha and beta activities in the targeted area. Differences between the two protocols emerged in their effectiveness at promoting divergent thinking. While no significant changes in originality re- sulted from the rapid alpha NFT, increases in both originality and fluency emerged as a consequence of the rapid beta NFT. These results were particularly evident in participants starting with a low creative achievement level. Possible interpretations and future directions are proposed and discussed.
Agnoli, S., Zanon, M., Mastria, S., Avenanti, A., & Corazza, G. E. (2018). Enhancing creative cognition with a rapid right-parietal neurofeedback procedure. Neuropsychologia.