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Anna Abraham

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E. Paul Torrance Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Director, Torrance Center for Creativity & Talent Development

Anna Abraham, Ph.D. is the E. Paul Torrance Professor at the Department of Educational Psychology and the Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at UGA’s Mary Frances Early College of Education. She is the Program Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Creativity and Innovation (ICCI). She also serves as a Neuroscience faculty member of the Integrated Life Sciences Program (ILS) and is an affiliate of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR). She leads the Creativity and Imagination Lab at UGA.

Dr. Abraham’s educational and professional training has been within the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience. She has worked across a diverse range of academic institutions and departments the world over, all of which have informed her multidisciplinary focus. She investigates the psychological and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying creativity and other aspects of the human imagination, including the reality-fiction distinction, mental time travel, social and self-referential cognition, and mental state reasoning. She has penned numerous publications including the book, The Neuroscience of Creativity (2018, Cambridge University Press), and the multidisciplinary edited volume, The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination (2020). She is the Founding Editor of an innovative short book series, the Cambridge Elements in Creativity and Imagination.

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • MSc in Psychology, University of Essex, UK
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, India


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