A number of factors affect performance on tasks associated with creativity. Two pharmacological systems in particularly been identified as important for their impact on creativity, the noradrenergic system and the dopaminergic systems. Furthermore, stress is also established as an important factor impacting performance, most likely mediated by its effects on these neurotransmitter systems. Herein, we review the current literature on the relationships between stress, the noradrenergic system, the dopaminergic system, and other pharmacological factors and their effects on performance on tasks associated with creativity.
Keywords: Creativity; convergent; divergent; dopamine; norepinephrine; set shifting; stress; working memory.
Conflict of interest statement
Conflict of Interest David Q. Beversdorf declares no relevant conflict of interest but is an associate editor for Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and has funding from the Department of Defense and the Autism Treatment Network.
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