BADM CCC and UCSF Partnership Exploring the Brain Basis of Childhood Creativity

Investigator: Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD
Sponsor: Center for Childhood Creativity

Location(s): United States


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. The two institutions have created a partnership to advance thought-leadership on creativity in children. 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. 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.