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Middle occipital area differentially associates with malevolent versus benevolent creativity: An fNIRS investigation.

Authors
  • Qiao, Xinuo1
  • Lu, Kelong1
  • Teng, Jing1
  • Gao, Zhenni1
  • Hao, Ning1
  • 1 Shanghai Key Laboratory of Mental Health and Psychological Crisis Intervention,School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University,Shanghai, China. , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Social Neuroscience
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2022
Volume
17
Issue
2
Pages
127–142
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2022.2038261
PMID: 35114089
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study aimed to explore the neural correlates underlying idea generation during malevolent creativity (MC) using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Participants were asked to solve problems during three types of creativity tasks: malevolent creativity task (MCT), benevolent creativity task (BCT), and alternative uses task (AUT). fNIRS was used to record individual cerebral activity during the tasks. The results revealed that participants demonstrated weaker neural activation in the right middle occipital area (rMO) and lower neural coupling (NC) between the right frontopolar cortex (rFPC) and rMO during MCT than during BCT and AUT. These suggest that r-MO activity and NC between the rFPC and rMO may distinguish between malevolent and benevolent forms of creative ideation.

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