EC3 Conference is approaching fast!

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). 

Please take this opportunity to submit your abstract and contribute actively to the conference programme.
2nd Creativity Week, Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland

Submit by email at   wcci@webster.ch 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 info@mic-conference.org 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.  

Please visit our websites for updated news on registration modalities and fees, conference structure and organization, and travel organization: EC3 / 2nd Creativity Week,  EC3 / 3rd MIC Conference.

For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at:                                       
wcci@webster.ch 
info@mic-conference.org
Important dates
– Abstract submission: 28 February, 2019
– Acceptance notice: 30 March, 2019
– Early registration: 15 April, 2019

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!

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European Collaborative Creativity Conference (EC3)

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):

Dr. Mathias Benedek (University of Graz, Austria)
Prof. James C. Kaufman (University of Connecticut, USA)
Dr. Lambros Malafouris (University of Oxford, UK)
Prof. Roni Reiter-Palmon (University of Nebraska, USA)

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) 

Important dates

– Abstract submission: 28 February, 2019
– Acceptance notice: 30 March, 2019
– Early registration: 15 April, 2019

We look forward to your submission and participation!

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Festival of the Technical Culture 2018

Festival of the Technical Culture 2018: two events organized by MIC-FGM

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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):

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Creative vs. Computational Thinking: talk by Giovanni Corazza at Webster University

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!

 

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A new neurofeedback procedure to increase creative cognition

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

Abstract:

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. 

 

Neurofeedback

 

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Agnoli, S., Zanon, M., Mastria, S., Avenanti, A., & Corazza, G. E. (2018). Enhancing creative cognition with a rapid right-parietal neurofeedback procedure. Neuropsychologia

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Mind Wandering, Mindfulness, and Creativity

Exploring the Link Between Mind Wandering, Mindfulness, and Creativity: A Multidimensional Approach

A new article on the Creativity Research Journal by Agnoli, Vannucci, Pelagatti, & Corazza

 

Even if mind wandering (MW) and mindfulness have traditionally been intended as separate and antithetical constructs, the roles of these 2 mental states on creative behavior were jointly explored in this article. In particular, MW was analyzed in light of a recent approach suggesting a differentiation between deliberate and spontaneous MW, whereas mindfulness was analyzed by distinguishing its 5 different constitutional dimensions: observing, acting with awareness, describ- ing, nonreactivity, and nonjudging. The influence on creativity of these 2 mental states was analyzed using a sample of 77 undergraduate students both on a performance index (i.e., originality) and on a self-report index (i.e., creative achievement). Results showed that MW and mindfulness dimensions predicted creative behavior both alone and in combination, suggesting a complex interdependence between these 2 mental states within the creative thinking process. In particular, the critical importance of distinguishing between deliberate and spontaneous MW was revealed by a final path analysis, which revealed the opposite effects of these 2 dimensions on originality and creative achievement. That is, deliberate MW positively predicted creative perfor- mance, whereas spontaneous MW was negatively associated with such performance. Moreover, the nonreactivity and awareness dimensions of mindfulness, the latter in interaction with deliber- ate MW, emerged as main predictors of response originality. Finally, the describing facet of mindfulness predicted creative achievement both directly and indirectly through an interaction with deliberate MW. The implications emerging from the adoption of a multi-dimensional approach to the analysis of MW and mindfulness in the study of creativity are discussed herein.

 

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Agnoli, S., Vannucci, M., Pelagatti, C. & Corazza, G.E. (2018). Exploring the Link Between Mind Wandering, Mindfulness, and Creativity: A Multidimensional Approach. Creativity Research Journal, 30(1), 41-53.

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Organic Creativity for Well-Being in the Post-Information Society

Organic Creativity for Well-Being in the Post-Information Society

Editorial for the Europe’s Journal Of Psychology (Volume 13, issue n. 4) by Giovanni Emanuele Corazza

 

The editorial dwells upon the technology-driven evolution from the Industrial to the Post-Information Society, indicating that this transition will bring about drastic transformations in our way of living, starting from the job market and then pervading all aspects at both individual and social levels. Great opportunities will come together with unprecedented challenges to living as we have always known it. In this innovation-filled scenario, it is argued that human creativity becomes the distinctive ability to provide dignity at first and survival in the long term. The term organic creativity is introduced to indicate those conditions, attitudes, and actions that bear the potential to be at the same time productive in socio-economic terms and conducive to human well-being. As a consequence, the role of psychologists in an open cooperation with sociologists, economists, computer scientists, engineers and others, will be as central as ever in establishing healthy collaboration modes between humans and machines, and large investments in related multidisciplinary scientific research are advocated to establish organic creativity as a discipline that should permeate every educational level, as well as our professional and everyday lives.

 

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Corazza G.E. (2017). Organic creativity for well-being in the post-information society. Europe’s Journal Of Psychology, 13, 599-605.

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SACHER: final innovative ideas for the cultural heritage

Final ideas from the course “Innovative Ideas for Cultural Heritage” within the SACHER Project

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On October 12, 2017 at 13.00 on lepida.tv (www.lepida.tv) the ideas generated during the course on the generation of innovative ideas for the cultural heritage organised by MIC within the SACHER project (http://www.eng.sacherproject.com/home) will be presented, hosted by icuber – i protagonisti dell’innovazione in Emilia-Romagna (https://www.facebook.com/icubEmiliaRomagna/?fref=mentions).

In the following the links to the three episodes dedicated to the innovative ideas:

https://youtu.be/U7XoqeQbfHk Part 1

https://youtu.be/a–h9EHazuU Part 2

https://youtu.be/FPcxOKnhL6c Part 3

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