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Neuroscience and Creativity

  • State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street Northbridge Australia (map)
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Facilitator: Dr Shona Erskine

A focus on the concepts of the neuroscience of creativity and the practical application of this research to working with your own scientific or artistic ideas. This workshop will share skills that give you a better than chance shot at being creative. Reach for these skills when creative thinking is required or when you have hit a creative block. Anyone can use these skills. Neuroscience has shown that we are all capable of creative thinking.

Moonboorli (Beyond) takes place on Whadjuk Country, the ancestral lands of the Noongar nation. Propel Youth Arts WA acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to land and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.


When: Saturday 10 August, 12.30 - 2pm
Where: Pilbara Room, State Library of WA

This workshop is recommended for ages 12 - 26

About the facilitator

Shona Erskine is a registered psychologist with a breadth of experience consulting to organisations in the areas of creativity, innovation, mental health, training, and facilitation. Shona has an expertise delivering psychology for performing artists across disciplines through arts companies, universities, and in private practice. Her areas of interest span performance, leadership development, mentoring, and culture change.

About Moonboorli (Beyond)

Presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, Moonboorli (Beyond) is a new youth-focused program of free events celebrating science through culture, ideas, knowledge and storytelling, taking place at the State Library of WA on Saturday 10 August.

Get involved and experience science in creative and unexpected ways through a day-long program of presentations, workshops, performances, installations, activities, and showcases of the latest scientific developments. This is your chance to meet people who can change the world and learn how you can make an impact of your own.

We respectfully acknowledge the contributions of Dr Noel Nannup, Madjital Moorna, and Koondarm, to the development of the name and theme for this event. We are grateful for the knowledge we have gained by consulting with these groups and Elders.

Moonboorli (Beyond) is a National Science Week WA Co-ordinating Committee initiative and is supported by the Australian Government through Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, and an opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society. National Science Week 2019 will run from 10-18 August. Find out more at

Earlier Event: August 10
Plan(et) B
Later Event: August 10
Koondarm Choir