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On Wednesday, 26 October, the Creative Mind Prize 2011, a new prize established by the Freek & Hella de Jonge Foundation, will be presented. The prize is awarded to a young scientist with an original and new idea for conducting research in the fields of creativity and the functioning of the brain.

On Wednesday, 26 October, the Creative Mind Prize 2011, a new prize established by the Freek & Hella de Jonge Foundation, will be presented. The prize is awarded to a young scientist with an original and new idea for conducting research in the fields of creativity and the functioning of the brain. The winner will receive €10,000 to develop his or her proposal and will receive support from the UvA to further develop research plans within the framework of the Brain and Cognitive Sciences research priority area.

By establishing the Creative Mind Prize, Freek and Hella de Jonge want to stimulate research into creativity and related brain activity, such as the perceptual ability of painters, the spatial insight of architects and the associative talent of cabaret performers.

Three proposals have been nominated from this year’s entries:

* Creating creativity by Gokhan Ertaylan (University of Amsterdam): Ertaylan wants to develop a neural network to examine basic concepts of creative behaviour in silico (through computer simulation).
* Art: Looking for meaning? by Meinou by de Vries (VU University Amsterdam): De Vries wants to explore if the perception of art is connected to the disruption of a feeling of coherence by means of an fMRI experiment on pattern recognition.
* Can creativity survive a switch of domains? by Shanti Ganesh (Radboud University Nijmegen): Using a new creative paradigm shift, Ganesh wants to measure the anatomical and neural causal connectivity in people who are training to be an architect or dancer.

The three researchers will give a presentation on their proposal, and Freek and Hella de Jonge will present the prize to the winner.

Anniversary Symposium CSCA

The prize ceremony is part of a symposium to mark the tenth anniversary of the UvA’s Cognitive Science Center Amsterdam. During the morning programme, there will be a retrospective of research and education in the field of the brain and cognition in recent years, but the symposium will also look ahead to the future of the discipline. The afternoon will focus on the Creative Mind Prize.