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Nancy Andreasen M.D.,Ph.D.

National Medal of Science - Biological Sciences 2000

Psychiatrist, Litterateur. Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Genomics, Neuroimaging, Neuroscience of Creativity, Schizophrenia. Writes books to educate laity and reduce stigma. Founding Chair, Neuroscience Section, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Creative people tend to be very persistent, even when confronted with skepticism or rejection.

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Meet Dr. Nancy Andreasen


Nancy Andreasen: creativity and mental illness, Radio New Zealand. Saturday Morning, 24 September 2011. 31:58.


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Connecting strength and vulnerability of the creative brain, PBS NewsHour, Jul 25, 2014. 8:36.

Is there a relationship between creativity and mental illness? Creative Thinking Project, Jul 9, 2014. 3:13.

Dr. Nancy Andreasen on the brain and creativity, part 1. Rappler, Apr 28, 2015. 1:22:03.

Dr. Nancy Andreasen on the brain and creativity, part 2. Rappler, Apr 28, 2015. 26:50.

Nancy Andreasen

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Name: Nancy Coover Andreasen, M.D. PhD
Birth: 1938, Lincoln, NE
Citation: "For her pivotal contributions to the social and behavioral sciences, through the integrative study of mind, brain, and behavior, by joining behavioral science with the technologies of neuroscience and neuroimaging in order to understand mental processes such as memory and creativity, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia." Presented by Dr. Neal Lane, Assistant to the President for Science & Technology, at a black-tie dinner awards ceremony at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC, Friday, December 1, 2000.
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