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Hippocampal amnesia disrupts creative thinking

Overview of attention for article published in Hippocampus, January 2013
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Title
Hippocampal amnesia disrupts creative thinking
Published in
Hippocampus, January 2013
DOI 10.1002/hipo.22208
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Authors

Duff, Melissa C., Kurczek, Jake, Rubin, Rachael, Cohen, Neal J., Tranel, Daniel

Abstract

Creativity requires the rapid combination and recombination of existing mental representations to create novel ideas and ways of thinking. The hippocampal system, through its interaction with neocortical storage sites, provides a relational database necessary for the creation, updating, maintenance, and juxtaposition of mental representations used in service of declarative memory. Given this functionality, we hypothesized that hippocampus would play a critical role in creative thinking. We examined creative thinking, as measured by verbal and figural forms of the torrance tests of creative thinking (TTCT), in a group of participants with hippocampal damage and severe declarative memory impairment as well as in a group of demographically matched healthy comparison participants. The patients with bilateral hippocampal damage performed significantly worse than comparison participants on both the verbal and figural portions of the TTCT. These findings suggest that hippocampus plays a role critical in creative thinking, adding to a growing body of work pointing to the diverse ways the hallmark processing features of hippocampus serve a variety of behaviors that require flexible cognition.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 6%
Greece 2 4%
France 1 2%
Argentina 1 2%
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 43 84%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 31%
Researcher 11 22%
Student > Master 7 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 14%
Professor 4 8%
Other 6 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 24 47%
Neuroscience 7 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 12%
Unspecified 5 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 10%
Other 4 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 10. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 January 2014.
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#903,264
of 8,383,488 outputs
Outputs from Hippocampus
#119
of 754 outputs
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#16,438
of 142,445 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Hippocampus
#1
of 13 outputs
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