Anna Abraham

Areas of Expertise

  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Reality-fiction distinction
  • Mental time travel
  • Mental state reasoning
  • Self-referential thinking
  • Social cognition & behavior
  • Neurophilosophy

Interests

  • 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)

Concentrations

Education

  •  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

Contact

 Aderhold Hall, Room 123D
 706-542-8789 (office)

Research Summary

Professor Abraham studies the psychological and neurophysiological 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. She is the Founding the Editor of the Cambridge Elements in Creativity and Imagination, an innovative academic short book series from Cambridge University Press.

Research@UGA

Professor Abraham directs the CREATIVITY & IMAGINATION LAB at UGA. Prospective students and collaborators and can find information on current studies and opportunities within the detailed lab webpage.

Teaching@UGA

Professor Abraham serves as the Program Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Creativity and Innovation (ICCI) Program. She currently teaches the following courses:

  • THE CREATIVE BRAIN (EPSY 8620/8620E)
  • CREATIVITY, CONSCIOUSNESS & IMAGINATION (EPSY 7575/7575E)
  • WAYS OF THINKING (FYOS 1001 First Year Odyssey Seminar; CRN 47496)
  • HONING CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS (GRSC 7001 GradFIRST Seminar; CRN 55359)

Publications

Books

The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination
  • Anna Abraham (Ed) (2020)
  • Cambridge University Press
The Neuroscience of Creativity
  • Anna Abraham (2018)
  • Cambridge University Press

Selected Articles

Predictors of Creativity in Young People: Using Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches in Estimating the Importance of Individual and Contextual Factors
  • Asquith SA, Wang X, Quintana D & Abraham A (in press)
  • Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
The neuropsychology of creativity
  • Abraham A (2019)
  • Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Comparing the efficacy of four brief inductions in boosting short-term creativity
  • Abraham A, Asquith S, Ahmed H & Bourisly AK (2019)
  • Journal of Cognitive Enhancement
The wandering mind: Where imagination meets consciousness
  • Abraham A (2019)
  • Journal of Consciousness Studies
The imaginative mind
  • Abraham A (2016)
  • Human Brain Mapping
Semantic memory as the root of imagination
  • Abraham A & Bubic A (2015)
  • Frontiers in Psychology