Ad Astra Presents Science-into-Fiction: Creativity and the Brain


The Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction & The Speculative Imagination Presents  Creativity and The Brain  A Science into Fiction Talk  A Presentation with Barbara Kerr  Williamson Family Distinguished  Professor of Counseling Psychology  Department of Educational Psychology  Thur., Nov. 3 | 6:30PM  Lawrence Public Library + Online

Creativity and The Brain

A Presentation with Barbara Kerr
Williamson Family Distinguished
Professor of Counseling Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology

Featuring:
Christopher Tacca, Ph.D student in Mechanical Engineering
Christopher McLamb, Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology
Kaylie Lyons Ridgeway, Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology, artist

Thur., Nov. 3 | 6:30PM
Lawrence Public Library + Online

Presentation Abstract:

Have you ever promised yourself you would stop writing, or painting, or composing music by midnight only to see the sun peeking in the window hours later? That feeling of timelessness, intensity, and excitement is called creative flow. Our research team will show you how creativity happens and what it looks like in the brain. We will demonstrate with volunteers from the audience how we use an EEG-enabled Virtual Reality system to help people see their brains-on-flow through a guided imagery process. We'll talk about future applications of EEG and VR to helping people to find their flow, manage their creative experience, and even use their flow to make life decisions.

  • Barbara Kerr is Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at KU specializing in psychology of creativity.
  • Christopher Tacca is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering who led the invention of the VR/EEG system.
  • Christopher McLamb is a Ph.D. student in counseling psychology who developed the counseling protocol for the system.
  • Kaylie Lyons Ridgeway is a Ph.D. student in counseling psychology and artist who designed the archetypal avatars for the system.



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What science-fiction ideas does this inspire? Award-winning SF author, educator, and Ad Astra Center director Chris McKitterick leads a Q&A and idea-generation session with Dr. Kerr to help attendees imagine possibilities and launch your own stories. Sign up afterward to participate in upcoming story-development and story-critique workshops led by McKitterick. Join the ongoing AdAstranaut program and track your creative milestones with a community of other writers as you master writing speculative fiction! Watch this page and our social media for additional resources for writers, coming soon, and sign up for our mailing list to have updates sent directly to your inbox.