"The time is ripe to pursue neuroscientific research on childhood creativity." Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D.
Sausalito, CA (PRWEB) February 07, 2013
The Center for Childhood Creativity and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience have formed a new partnership to collaborate on solutions for the growing deficit in creative thinking.
“Studies have shown that creativity is declining at an alarming rate, particularly among very young children -- which is the most crucial stage for core creativity skills and brain development. The Center for Childhood Creativity bridges the divide between the research and the people who can best use the information – parents and educators,” said Center for Childhood Creativity Executive Director Elizabeth Rieke.
Led by the Center for Childhood Creativity’s relationship with Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D., a Center advisory board member, Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Director of Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience (LENS) at UCSF, the two institutions have created a partnership to advance thought-leadership on creativity in children.
“The time is ripe to pursue neuroscientific research on childhood creativity, with the availability of new technology suitable for young children and increasing awareness of the importance of the topic,” Hoeft said. “This partnership will allow us to take advantage of both the Museum and the Center’s expertise and resources, while pursuing our efforts to increase public awareness of the importance of understanding how children’s brains develop. We are extraordinarily excited about the opportunity.”
Together, the Center and UCSF will advocate for developing creative thinking in early childhood. The Center will rely on UCSF for neuroscience research that supports the neurological development of creative thinking, and will disseminate this information to its constituents of parents, educators, policymakers and thought-leaders.
Shared areas of collaboration may include, but are not limited to: a joint fellowship at the Center and UCSF focused on creativity research, exhibit creation onsite at the Bay Area Discovery Museum; research participation opportunities; a mobile app for parents to use at the Museum that explains the neuroscience behind creativity development; and potential collaboration on new research projects.
The partnership is sponsored by the UCSF Psychiatry department lead Robert Hendren, DO, Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
About the Center for Childhood Creativity
Established in 2011, the Center for Childhood Creativity provides tools and training for teachers and schools, helps parents advocate for their own children’s creativity, and gives thought leaders a forum for sharing and advancing early childhood research. The Center for Childhood Creativity is a program of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The Museum’s mission is to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.
About the UCSF Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience
The UCSF Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience’s mission is to understand the neural circuitry involved in learning. We combine state of the art neuroimaging and genetic research approaches to study processes such as motivation, academic achievement, and most recently, giftedness & creativity. We are interested in understanding healthy children’ neurodevelopment, and learning differences such as dyslexia and other conditions such as autism.