Poster Session E, Monday, March 25, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Pacific Concourse
The shape of the ACC contributes to both inhibitory control efficiency and the ability to generate creative idea in adolescents
Mathieu Cassotti1,4, Anaelle Camarda2, Cloélia Tissier1, Sylvain Charon3, Catherine Oppenheim3, Olivier Houdé1,4, Grégoire Borst1,4, Arnaud Cachia1,3,4; 1Université Paris Descartes, 2Mines ParisTech, 3Center of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, 4Institut Universitaire de France
The ability to inhibit common and dominant paths of solutions to a problem seems to be a critical process for generating creative ideas. Some of the strongest evidence linking inhibitory control to creative thinking has been provided by functional neuroimaging studies that have shown a positive relationship between the ability to generate creative solutions to a problem and activation of specific prefrontal brain regions, including the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), known to be implicated in executive function and inhibitory control in particular. Of note, the ACC sulcal pattern, a qualitative feature of the brain determined in utero and not affected by brain maturation and learning, have been shown to influence inhibitory control efficiency in both children and adults. Using anatomical MRI and three-dimensional reconstruction of cortical folds, the aim of the present study was to determine whether ACC sulcal pattern influence inhibitory control performance and the ability to generate creative ideas in adolescents. Analyses confirmed that 1) inhibitory control performance, assessed using a standard inhibitory control task, is positively related to creativity in adolescents and 2) ACC sulcal pattern affects both inhibitory control efficiency and creative ideation. Taken together, these results support that inhibitory control is a core process to generate original solutions in a creative task.
Topic Area: THINKING: Problem solving