Oded is an Israeli-Dutch neurocognitive researcher. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Haifa (Israel), working in the social and affective neuroscience lab (SANS) with Professor Simone Shamay-Tsoory and Dr. Donna Abecais. Oded’s research interests include the underlying cognitive and neural bases of creative cognition. More specifically, his work focused on how environmental factors, such as socialization, enculturation, and expertise (especially musical expertise) may influence the creative process, taking into account that these environmental factors influence both how people generate ideas, and how they evaluate them. Furthermore, understanding these influences may help explain creative differences between various populations, and may help us design training programs to enhance creative performance. In the SANS lab, Oded had a proactive role in several studies in diverse research topics (empathy, emotion recognition and regulation, social cognition, aggression, depression, shame, and intercultural differences in creativity and self-enhancement). His research involved the application of a range of experimental methods (fMRI, TMS, tDCs), and pharmocological interventions (oxytocin and methylphenidate). In the Green Lab, Oded will be working on an NSF-funded project examining how creativity can be methodically augmented using cognitive intervention, brain stimulation, and biofeedback in order to optimize the creative process and product.
Sufang is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neurosciences from Beijing Normal University, China. She was trained in brain imaging methods in the Neuroimaging Research Branch at NIDA and School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Her main research interest is to combine resting state fMRI and task state fMRI to explore the neuro-mechanism of various psychiatric populations.
Adam began volunteering in the Laboratory for Relational Cognition in the spring of 2014 before formally joining the lab as a PhD student the following year. Prior to joining the lab, Adam earned his BS in neuroscience at Union College, where he conducted research on inattentional and change blindness. His primary research interest concerns the examination of creative thought, with a specific focus on the enhancement of state creativity through behavioral and neural interventions.