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CReativity Enhancement through Advanced brain Mapping and stimulation

Project description

Technologies and scientific foundations in the field of creativity CREAM, CReativity Enhancement through Advanced brain Mapping and stimulation

 

Main idea behind this project: current ICT technology provides new capabilities to measure the functional activity of the brain and to compute in real-time stimuli that can be applied to the brain itself in order to train and modify its activity. This new frontier of research is made possible by a dramatic increase in cheap computing power, novel design methodologies for high-performance software, integrated circuits and systems for sensors and actuators, and algorithms and software environments for collaborative interaction of people cooperating on solving a specific problem. This project will explore the consequences of exploiting these novel technologies in a deliberate attempt to improve a higher-order task such as creativity.

Creativity is hard to define, even harder to measure. It is multifaceted, has multilevel components, and is further a multidimensional construct. Therefore any attempt for a unitary definition of creativity would be futile, if not impossible. Nevertheless, our predominant approach is process-centric i.e. we consider that creativity is fundamentally a property of a process (as in a "creative act"). The exhibition of that property may then, in common parlance, be transferred to the organism or machine that is executing the process (as in a "creative person") or its product (as in a "creative novel"). A major advantage of taking the process view is that it begins to demystify creativity itself, simply because value is traditionally attributed to a created product or artefact only after its achievement and societal acceptance, and further, value varies with many uncontrollable factors including tradition, time and culture ; therefore, success, and the associated social pedestals on which "famous creators" are often placed, become less relevant; it is the attempt, not product, that counts (though we do not entirely discard the product-centric approach of creativity).

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2013-10
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 580 548
Administrative Contact
Anna Ronchi (Mrs.)

Participants (6)

MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 290 972
Address
Spitalgasse 23
1090 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Drexler (Prof.)
GUGER TECHNOLOGIES OG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 455 738
Address
Herbersteinstrasse 60
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christoph Guger (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 239 840
Address
Molinos De Agua S/n
38071 La Laguna Tenerife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María de la Luz Estévez Ravelo (Mrs.)
FONDAZIONE GUGLIELMO MARCONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 383 872
Address
Via Dei Celestini 1
40037 Sasso Marconi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Emanuele Corazza (Prof.)
GOLDSMITHS' COLLEGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 524 534
Address
Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Justin Davin-Smith (Mr.)
ENGINE PARTNERS UK LLP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 224 496
Address
Great Portland Street 60
W1W 7RT London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pete Edwards (Mr.)