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The roles of the temporal lobe in creative insight: an integrated review
Shen, Wangbing1,2,3,4; Yuan, Yuan5; Liu, Chang3,4; Luo, Jing6,7
First AuthorShen, Wangbing
Source PublicationTHINKING & REASONING
Correspondent ; chang liu ; jing luo
Contribution Rank7

Recent studies have revealed that the temporal lobe, a cortical region thought to be in charge of episodic and semantic memory, is involved in creative insight. This work examines the contributions of discrete temporal regions to insight. Activity in the medial temporal regions is indicative of novelty recognition and detection, which is necessary for the formation of novel associations and the Aha! experience. The fusiform gyrus mainly affects the formation of gestalt-like representation and perspective taking. The anterior and posterior middle temporal gyri (MTG) are individually associated with extensive semantic processing and inhibiting salient or routine word associations, which are necessary to form non-salient, novel and remote associations. The anterior and posterior superior temporal gyri (STG) are individually responsible for integrating/binding and accessing various types of available conceptual representations. Based on the current knowledge, an integrated model of the temporal lobe's role in insight and some future directions are proposed.

KeywordMedial Temporal Lobe Creative Thinking Brain-based Insight Aha Feeling
Indexed BySSCI
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China(31500870 ; Fourth 333 High-Level Personnel Training Project in Jiangsu Province ; Beijing Municipal Commission of Education(PXXM2016-014203-000027) ; Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities(2014B15314) ; 31671124)
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000413707700001
WOS HeadingsSocial Sciences
WOS KeywordPassive Conceptual Expansion ; Remote Associates Test ; Event-related Fmri ; Brain Activity ; Chunk Decomposition ; Functional-anatomy ; Prefrontal Cortex ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Semantic Cognition ; Episodic Memory
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Affiliation1.Hohai Univ, Sch Publ Adm, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
2.Hohai Univ, Sch Business, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
3.Nanjing Normal Univ, Sch Psychol, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
4.Nanjing Normal Univ, Lab Cognit Neurosci, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
5.Nanjing Normal Univ Special Educ, Sch Rehabil Sci, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
6.Capital Normal Univ, Beijing Key Lab Learning & Cognit, Beijing, Peoples R China
7.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Mental Hlth, Beijing, Peoples R China
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Shen, Wangbing,Yuan, Yuan,Liu, Chang,et al. The roles of the temporal lobe in creative insight: an integrated review[J]. THINKING & REASONING,2017,23(4):321-375.
APA Shen, Wangbing,Yuan, Yuan,Liu, Chang,&Luo, Jing.(2017).The roles of the temporal lobe in creative insight: an integrated review.THINKING & REASONING,23(4),321-375.
MLA Shen, Wangbing,et al."The roles of the temporal lobe in creative insight: an integrated review".THINKING & REASONING 23.4(2017):321-375.
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