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Arne Dietrich
Arne Dietrich

Arne is Professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Georgia, USA. Professor Dietrich's research focuses on the higher cognitive functions of the prefrontal cortex, especially (1) creativity, (2) altered states of consciousness, and (3) the psychological effects of exercise. His major publications include a theoretical framework for the neural basis of creativity, (Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2004), a review article of neuroscientific studies of creativity (Psychological Bulletin, 2010), a new, mechanistic theory of altered states of consciousness, the transient hypofrontality theory (Consciousness and Cognition, 2003, 2004), and the proposal of new explanations for the effects of exercise on emotion and cognition. He is also the author of a textbook on consciousness (Macmillan, 2007). Professor Dietrich has given numerous invited lectures around the world and his work has been featured prominently in the international press. More information can be found on his website: http://www.harford.de/arne/