Stephen T. Asma is Senior Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture, and Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago. He specializes in neuro-philosophy, Emotion studies, Asia, Monsterology, Museum studies, and Imagination studies. Asma is the author of ten books, including On Monsters: an Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears (Oxford University Press), Buddha for Beginners (For Beginners), The Gods Drink Whiskey (HarperOne), The Evolution of Mind (Harvard University Press, forthcoming), Against Fairness (University of Chicago Press), and The Need for Religion (Oxford, forthcoming). He writes regularly for the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Skeptic magazine. He has also written for the Sunday Times, the Chicago Tribune, Aeon magazine, Big Think, and many others. In 2014, he was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching philosophy in Beijing, China. In 2003, he was Visiting Professor at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia, and in 2007 he lived and studied in Shanghai China. Asma also researched Asian philosophies in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Laos. Asma has been an invited lecturer at Harvard University, Brown University, the Field Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Fudan University (Shanghai), Xi'an Jiaotong University, University of Macau, School of the Art Institute, and many more.       

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Brain Science and Creativity: The Science of Innovation

Stephen Asma

In this keynote talk, Dr. Asma takes participants through the recent science of creativity. We’ve always known that innovation, imagination, and improvisation are key elements of the arts, but they are also key ingredients in business, technology, and professional life. Dr. Asma explores the recent brain science (neuro-imaging) and psychology of creativity, showing how the mind works during creative activity. But he will also discuss how professionals can put this science to work for them in practical ways.

Every design team, company, hospital, or university strives for greater innovative creativity. In this keynote, Dr. Asma provides an accessible and funny tour of the creative brain, and the means to harness its power.

what you get

  • Last up to one hour
  • Allow for up to 200 connections into the Cast (a connection is a login from a unique location)
  • Include the two-way video experience (including interactive HD streaming video and audio) and dedicated support