Lucas Bellaiche


As a first-year PhD student in the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP), I am currently rotating among relevant labs to holistically inform my main research interest: creativity. I am particularly interested in three main questions: (1) Where do creative thoughts come from, (2) How do we increase creativity in humans, and (3) How do people engage with products of creativity, like art (music, visual, etc.)?

In Fall of 2021, I am working with Dr. Paul Seli researching various creative behaviors and cognitions via behavioral and online studies. In Spring of 2022, I am rotating under Dr. Kevin LaBar to investigate the role of emotion in creativity, as detectable in neural and psychophysiological recordings. These interdisciplinary methods will comprehensively inform not only the cognition of creativity in humans, but also the bridging of arts with sciences. 

McAuley, J. Devin, et al. “What Drives Narrative Engagement With Music?Music Perception, vol. 38, no. 5, University of California Press, June 2021, pp. 509–21. Crossref, doi:10.1525/mp.2021.38.5.509. Full Text