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Hippocampal amnesia disrupts creative thinking

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

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


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 4%
Greece 2 3%
France 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 61 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 26%
Researcher 14 20%
Student > Master 11 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 13%
Professor 6 9%
Other 11 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 31 45%
Neuroscience 11 16%
Unspecified 9 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 9%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 7%
Other 7 10%

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