Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development
E. Paul Torrance Professor
Department of Educational Psychology
Neuroscience Program, Integrated Life Sciences
- Reality-fiction distinction
- Mental time travel
- Mental state reasoning
- Self-referential thinking
- Social cognition & behavior
- Neuroscience of creativity (fMRI; EEG/ERP; neuropsychology)
- Psychology of creativity (cognition; development across lifespan; personality)
- Cross-disciplinary study of the imagination (aesthetics, imagery, intentionality, altered states)
PhD in Neuroscience, 2004
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
MSc in Psychology, 2001
University of Essex, UK
BA (Hons) in Psychology, 1998
Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, India
Professor Abraham studies the cognitive and brain basis of creativity and other aspects of the human imagination including the reality-fiction distinction, mental time travel, self-referential and social cognition, and mental state reasoning. Her educational and professional training has been within the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience, and she has worked across a diverse range of academic institutions and departments the world over, all of which have informed her multidisciplinary focus.
- Abraham A (Ed) (2020). The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination. Cambridge University Press.
- Abraham A (2018). The Neuroscience of Creativity. Cambridge University Press.
- Asquith SA, Wang X, Quintana D & Abraham A (in press). Predictors of Creativity in Young People: Using Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches in Estimating the Importance of Individual and Contextual Factors. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.
- Abraham A (2019). The neuropsychology of creativity. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 27, 71-76.
- Abraham A, Asquith S, Ahmed H & Bourisly AK (2019). Comparing the efficacy of four brief inductions in boosting short-term creativity. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 3, 85-93.
- Abraham A (2018). The wandering mind: Where imagination meets consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 25, 34-52.
- Abraham A, Rutter B, Bantin T & Hermann C (2018). Creative conceptual expansion: A combined fMRI replication and extension study to examine individual differences in creativity. Neuropsychologia, 118, 29-39.
- Abraham A (2016). The imaginative mind. Human Brain Mapping, 37, 4197-4211.
- Abraham A (2016). Gender and creativity: An overview of psychological and neuroscientific literature. Brain Imaging & Behavior, 10, 609-618.
- Abraham A & Bubic A (2015). Semantic memory as the root of imagination. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 325.