The Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity Laboratory (CNCL) at Penn State University studies the psychology and neuroscience of creative thinking. Our lab uses behavioral and brain imaging methods to examine how fundamental cognitive systems (e.g., memory, attention, and cognitive control) contribute to people's ability to generate new ideas and solve complex problems.

Lab News

  • 2/2019: Emily Frith (PhD candidate, U Mississippi) will join the lab this summer as a visiting scholar. Emily's research examines links between health behavior and cognition, including creative thinking. Welcome, Emily!
  • 1/2019: Dr. Beaty is a 2019 recipient of the Daniel E. Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.
  • We are recruiting a postdoc! Prospective postdocs are encouraged to contact Dr. Roger Beaty with a CV and brief statement of research interests (rebeaty@psu.edu).
  • James Lloyd-Cox joined the lab in September, 2018 as a research technician/lab manager. James recently completed a master's degree in computational neuroscience at the University of Birmingham, UK. Welcome, James!