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date: 20 November 2019

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Many factors affect performance on tasks associated with creativity. Stress is one of the more established of these factors impacting performance, most likely mediated by effects on neurotransmitter systems. This chapter discusses the literature on the effects of stress, the noradrenergic system, the dopaminergic system, and other pharmacological factors on creativity. This chapter will also discuss the effects of norepinephrine and dopamine on other related aspects of cognition, such as working memory and set shifting. The effects on divergent and convergent task performance will also be discussed, as well as the need for greater understanding of the optimization of creativity performance.

Keywords: creativity, convergent, divergent, stress, norepinephrine, dopamine, working memory, set shifting

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