Author(s): John Kounios
Where do great ideas come from? What actually happens in your brain during a 'Eureka' moment? How can we have more of them? John Kounios and Mark Beeman, leading experts on the neural bases of insight and creative thinking, have conducted pioneering neuroimaging research examining brain activity at and before these moments of clarity. In The Eureka Factor they reveal exactly how sudden insights are formed in the brain, how we can increase our chances of generating them, and how they impact our thinking. Helping to unlock the mechanisms behind intuitive flashes and inspiration, this ground-breaking account not only explains the science of insight, but also describes the keys to innovation and creativity.
Two pioneering cognitive neuroscientists unveil the mystery of sudden insight, and unlock the mechanisms behind intuition and inspiration.
"A vigorous voyage inside the mind to understand those electrifying but elusive moments of discovery - and how we can have them more often." -- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take "The Eureka Factor is a highly engaging and informative look into the fascinating topic of sudden creative insights. Kounios and Beeman convincingly show that what once seemed like a mysterious feature of the human mind is yielding to dramatic advances in psychology and neuroscience. Combining state-of-the-art research with compelling everyday examples, this book is essential reading for anyone who has ever wondered what makes it possible to experience an 'Aha' moment." -- Daniel L. Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers "The Eureka Factor presents a fascinating and illuminating account of the creative process and how to foster it." -- James J. Heckman, Nobel laureate in economics
Dr John Kounios is Professor of Psychology at Drexel University and has published cognitive neuroscience research on insight, creativity, problem solving, memory, knowledge representation and Alzheimer's disease. He has held research and faculty positions at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He lives with his wife and children in the Philadelphia area. Dr Mark Beeman is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Northwestern University, and researches creative problem solving and creative cognition, language comprehension and how the right and left hemispheres process information. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. He and his children live just outside Chicago. Dr Kounios' and Dr Beeman's insight research is displayed in an exhibit in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Their work has been reported by The Times, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, BBC's Horizon, National Public Radio, Scientific American Mind, O, The Oprah Magazine and other international print and electronic media.