Psychology Colloquium

Departmental News

Posted:  Jan 26, 2021 - 12:00am

Our first Psychology Colouqium for spring term will be online this Friday morning, January 29, at 9:00 am (MST)

Rex Junn, Ph.D. UNM Neurosurgery will present:  The reason behind creative cognition.

Abstract:  Our research group has worked, over the last 20+ years, to understand the structural brain correlates of individual differences of cognitive constructs including: intelligence, creativity, personality, aptitude, and imagination. Out of this work has come two major theoretical perspectives: 1) that the manifestation of intelligence is significantly (but not exclusively) related to structure and function within a brain network comprising parietal and frontal lobes (P-FIT, Jung & Haier, 2007), and 2) that creative cognition is significantly (but not exclusively) related to structure within the default mode network (DMN – Jung et al., 2013). The theoretical relationship between intelligence and creativity will be discussed within evolutionary (Cosmides & Tooby), and clinical (Crespi & Badcock) perspectives, with humble acknowledgement of the nascent stage of these theoretical inquiries.

Rex Jung is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico and a practicing clinical neuropsychologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He studies both brain disease and what the brain does well—a field of research known as "positive neuroscience.” His research is designed to relate behavioral measures, including intelligence, personality, and creativity, to brain function and structure in healthy, neurological, and psychiatric subjects. He has published over 100 research articles across a wide range of disciplines, including traumatic brain injury, lupus, schizophrenia, awake craniotomy, intelligence, and creativity. He is the current President (2019-2021) of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR), and founding member of the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity (SfNC).