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1st Italian Research Day in the World: "The Neuroscience Behind Creative Ideas"

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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On the occasion of the first Italian Research Day in the World, a new initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to promote the important work of Italian scientists and researchers in the World, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago is pleased to present, "The Neuroscience Behind Creative Ideas," a lecture by Carola Salvi, researcher at Northwestern University in Evanston, and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago.

The Neuroscience Behind Creative Ideas  

We often imagine ideas as a lightbulb illuminating above our heads, or perhaps most iconically, as Archimedes’ exclamation “Eureka!” Neuroscientific research has recently distinguished two brain processes activated when we solve problems. The first is a step-by-step methodical process where we achieve the solution gradually, often through trial and error. In the second, a stubborn problem is suddenly reorganized in a novel way, and we are surprised when the apparently correct solution abruptly emerges into our awareness. Our latest studies on these two distinct neural circuits tug at the proverbial lightbulb’s pull cord, illuminating one of the most central and elusive abilities inside the “black box” of the human mind: the generation of an idea.

Carola Salvi (from Bergamo, Italy) is a researcher at Northwestern University in Evanston, and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. In 2013, she received her Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy, and has been specializing in the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying insight problem solving and creativity since 2010. Besides several contributions to that field, she created the first four sets of research problems and rebus puzzles in the Italian language, enabling neuroscientists for the first time to investigate insight problem solving among Italian speakers. She is also committed to uniting the Italian scientific community outside of Italy, and to this end is one of the founding members of AIRIcerca, and AIRIcerca Chicago Chapter, as well as a member of the editorial board of AIRInforma.

Presented in collaboration with AIRIcerca Chicago Chapter.

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Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1450
Chicago, IL

Friday, April 20, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)


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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611

 

Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture from the Classical Age until today. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, including art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, and photography, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

  • Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the management of libraries and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;
  • Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;
  • Provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italian and foreign;
  • Continuously support initiatives aimed at promoting an intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.
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