Arne Dietrich

Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut

Arne Dietrich is a cognitive neuroscientist and professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. His research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying (1) creativity, (2) altered states of consciousness, and (3) the psychological effects of exercise. Professor Dietrich's major publications include a new framework for the neural basis of creative thinking, a mechanistic explanation for the flow experience, a comprehensive review article of neuroscientific studies of creativity, and a new neurocognitive theory of altered states of consciousness, the transient hypofrontality theory. He is also the author of a widely-used textbook on consciousness. He has delivered numerous keynote lectures around the world and his research has been featured prominently in the international press. Professor Dietrich holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, U.S.