Neurodesign Publications


von Thienen, J. P. A., Szymanski, C., Santuber, J., Plank, I. S., Rahman, S., Weinstein, T., Owoyele, B., Bauer, M. & Meinel, C. (2021). Neurodesign live. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Interrogating the doing (pp. 357-425). Cham: Springer.

von Thienen, J. P. A., Kolodny, O. & Meinel, C. (2021). Neurodesign: The biology, psychology and engineering of creative thinking and innovation. In N. Rezaei (ed.), Thinking: Bioengineering of Science and Art. Springer Nature.

von Thienen, J. P. A., Weinstein, T., Szymanski, C., Rahman, S. & Meinel, C. (2021). Design Thinking, Neurodesign und Curricula für das Innovation Engineering. In C. Meinel & T. Krohn (eds.). Design Thinking in der Bildung. Innovation kann man lernen. Wiley. 

von Thienen, J. P. A., Clancey, W. J. & Meinel, C. (2021). Theoretical foundations of design thinking. Part III: Robert H. McKim’s visual thinking theories. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Interrogating the doing (pp. 9-72). Cham: Springer.

Corazza, G. E. & von Thienen, J. P. A. (2021). Invention [dictionary entry]. In V. P. Glăveanu (ed.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Saggar, M. et al. (2021). Creativity and the brain: An editorial introduction to the special issue on the neuroscience of creativity. NeuroImage Special Issue.

Auernhammer, J., Sonalkar, N. and Saggar, M. (2021). NeuroDesign:  From Neuroscience Research to Design Thinking Practice. In Meinel & Leifer (ed.) Design Thinking Research. Springer

Liu A. Li B. Wang X. Zhang S. Zhu Y. Liu W. (2021) NeuroDesignScience: An fNIRS-Based System Designed to Help Pilots Sustain Attention during Transmeridian Flights. Intelligent Human Systems Integration 2021. IHSI 2021. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing vol 1322. Springer Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-68017-6_25



Krebs, E., Jaschek, C., von Thienen, J., Borchart, K. P., Meinel, C., & Kolodny, O. Designing a Video Game to Measure Creativity. IEEE Conference on Games (CoG 2020), full paper no. 148, available at https://ieee-cog.org/2020/papers/paper_148.pdf

Jaschek, C., Borchart, K., Krebs, E., Meinel, C., Kolodny, O. & von Thienen, J. (2020). Immune Defense. A video game to measure creativity. Presentation at the MIC Conference of Creativity, Sept. 14-16, Bologna, Italy. 

D’Aleman, N., Chafe, C. & von Thienen, J. (2020). Brainwave etudes: Composition and improvisation with brain data. Presentation at the MIC Conference of Creativity, Sept. 14-16, Bologna, Italy. 

McKee, H., Rahman, S., von Thienen, J., Seidel, L., Grzelka, F., Gloeckner, P. & Meinel, C. (2020). Measuring creative flow in real-time using consumer-grade EEG coupled with a neural network. Presentation at the MIC Conference of Creativity, Sept. 14-16, Bologna, Italy. 

Tim Strauch, T., Hartmann, L., Hilbrich, L., Steigerwald, P., Chafe, C. & von Thienen, J. (2020). Audible spatialization of EEG data in the context of creativity studies. Presentation at the MIC Conference of Creativity, Sept. 14-16, Bologna, Italy. 

D’Aleman Arrango, N., von Thienen, J. & von Coler, H. (2020). The Brainwave Virtual Instrument: Musical improvisation and brainwave sonification via Faust programming. Proceedings of the 2nd International Faust Conference (IFC-20), Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord, France, December 1-2. Available at: https://ifc20.sciencesconf.org/332720/document

Auernhammer J. Liu W. Ohashi T. Leifer L. Byler E. Pan W. (2021) NeuroDesign: Embracing Neuroscience Instruments to Investigate Human Collaboration in Design. Human Interaction Emerging Technologies and Future Applications III. IHIET 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing vol 1253. Springer Cham.  https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-55307-4_43

Ohashi, T. Auernhammer, J., Liu,W., Pan, W. and Leifer, L. (2020). NeuroDesignScience:  Systematic Literature  Review  of  Current  Research  on  Design  using  Neuroscience  Techniques



von Thienen, J. P. A., Clancey, W. J. & Meinel, C. (2019). Theoretical foundations of design thinking. Part II: Robert H. McKim’s need-based design theory. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Looking further: Design thinking beyond solution-fixation (13-38). Cham: Springer.

von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2019). Balancing child-like and adult approaches in creative pursuits: The sense-focus model of creative mastery. Presentation at the European Collaborative Creativity Conference EC3, June 20-22, Bologna, Italy. Paper available at https://mic.fgm.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ec3-mic-conference-2019_book-of-abstracts_online2.pdf



Szymanski, C. (2018). Neural synchronization patterns during interpersonal action coordination [dissertation]. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Sonalkar, N., Jahanikia, S., Xie, H., Geniesse, C., Ayub, R., Beaty, R. and Saggar. M. (2019). Mining  the Role of Design Reflection and Associated Brain Dynamics in Creativity

Mayseless, N., Hawthorne, G. and Reiss A. (2019). The Neuroscience of Team Collaboration During a Design Thinking Event in Naturalistic Settings



von Thienen, J. P. A., Clancey, W. J., Corazza, G. E. & Meinel, C. (2017). Theoretical foundations of design thinking. Part I: John E. Arnold’s creative thinking theories. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Making distinctions: Collaboration versus cooperation (13-40). Cham: Springer.

Szymanski, C., Pesquita, A., Brennan, A. A., Perdikis, D., Enns, J. T., Brick, T. R., ... & Lindenberger, U. (2017). Teams on the same wavelength perform better: Inter-brain phase synchronization constitutes a neural substrate for social facilitation. Neuroimage, 152, 425-436.

Szymanski, C., Müller, V., Brick, T. R., von Oertzen, T., & Lindenberger, U. (2017). Hyper-transcranial alternating current stimulation: experimental manipulation of inter-brain synchrony. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 11, 539.

Saggar, Quintin Bott, Kienitz, Chien, Hong, Liu, Royalty, Hawthorne, and Reiss. 2017. Cerebral Cortex. (2017). Changes in Brain Activation Associated with Spontaneous Improvization and Figural Creativity After Design-Thinking-Based Training: A Longitudinal fMRI Study

Mayseless, N., Saggar, M., Hawthorne, G. and Reiss, A. (2017). Creativity in the Twenty-first Century: The Added Benefit of Training and Cooperation

von Thienen, J. P. A., Meinel, C., & Corazza, G. E. (2017). A short theory of failure. Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research. ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2017/001



von Thienen, J. P. A., Ford, C. & Meinel, C. (2016). The emergence of design thinking in Californian engineering classes: Four historic concepts worth knowing. Presentation at the MIC Conference 2016: From creative brains to creative societies, Bologna, Italy.

Grace Hawthorne, Manish Saggar, Eve-Marie Quintin, Nick Bott, Eliza Keinitz, Ning LiuYin-Hsuan Chien, Daniel Hong, Adam Royalty, and Allan L. Reiss (2016). Designing a Creativity Assessment Tool for the Twenty-First Century: Preliminary Results and Insights from Developing a Design-Thinking Based Assessment of Creative Capacity



Manish Saggar, Lindsay C. Chromik, Adam Royalty, Grace Hawthorne, and Allan L. Reiss (2015). Developing Novel Neuroimaging Paradigm to Assess Neural Correlates of Improvisation and Creative Thinking Using fMRI

Manish Saggar, Eve-Marie Quintin, Eliza Kienitz, Nicholas T. Bott, Zhaochun Sun, Wei-Chen Hong, Yin-hsuan Chien, Ning Liu, Robert F. Dougherty, Adam Royalty, Grace Hawthorne & Allan L. Reiss (2015). Pictionary-based fMRI paradigm to study the neural correlates of spontaneous improvisation and figural creativity



Kienitz, Quintin, Saggar, Bott, Royalty, Hong, Liu, Chien, Hawthorne, Reiss (2014). Thinking Skills & Creativity. 2014. Targeted intervention to increase creative capacity and performance: A randomized controlled pilot study

Manish Saggar, Grace Hawthorne, Eve-Marie Quintin, Eliza Kienitz, Nicholas T. Bott, Daniel HongYin-Hsuan Chien, Ning Liu, Adam Royalty, and Allan L. Reiss (2014). Developing Novel Methods to Assess Long-Term Sustainability of Creative Capacity Building and Applied Creativityce



von Thienen, J. P. A. (2013). Kausalniveaus. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Rahman, S. S. (2013). The neuroscience of musical creativity using complexity tools [dissertation]. Imperial Collage, London.

Martin Steinert & Kathryn W. Jablokow (2013). Triangulating front end engineering design activities with physiology data and psychological preferences. 



von Thienen, J. P. A., Noweski, C., Rauth, I., Meinel, C., & Lang, S. (2012). If you want to know who you are, tell me where you are: The importance of places. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel, & L. Leifer (Eds.), Design thinking research: Studying co-creation in practice (pp. 53–73). Heidelberg: Springer.



Jung. M. (2011). Engineering team performance and emotion: Affective interaction dynamics as indicators of design team performance





Classics in Design Thinking

Arnold, J. E. (1959/2016). Creative engineering. In W. J. Clancey (Ed.), Creative engineering: Promoting innovation by thinking differently (pp. 59–150). Stanford Digital Repository. purl.stanford.edu/jb100vs5745 (Original manuscript 1959).

McKim, R. H. (1972). Experiences in visual thinking. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing.

Adams, J. L. (1974). Conceptual blockbusting. Stanford, CA: Stanford Alumni Association.

Faste, R. (1994). Ambidextrous thinking. In Innovations in mechanical engineering curricula for the 1990s. New York: American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Available at http://www.fastefoundation.org/publications/ambidextrous_thinking.pdf

Plattner, H., Meinel, C., & Weinberg, U. (2009). Design thinking. Innovation lernen. Ideenwelten öffnen. München: Mi-Wirtschaftsbuch.

Kelley, T., & Kelley, D. (2013). Creative confidence. New York: Crown Publishing.

Roth, B. (2015). The achievement habit. New York: Harper Collins.






Recorded talks


Julia von Thienen (HPI): Design thinking, the body and creativity



Julia von Thienen (HPI): Introduction to neurodesign

Caroline Szymanski (Max Planck Institute for Human Development & D-School): Social neuroscience & teamwork

Caroline Szymanski: Interbrain-synchrony during collaboration

Chris Chafe (Director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University): Sonification of brain data for seizure detection

Marwa El Zein (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London):Shared responsibility in collective decisions

Jan Auernhammer (Executive Director of the Leifer Neurodesign Research Program, Stanford University): Psychology of Design: Evolution of the intersection of two inseparable fields

Sergio Agnoli (Marconi Insitute for Creativity, University of Bologna): Attentional mechanisms in the creative thinking process: Insights from psychophysiology

Laura Kaltwasser (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, HU Berlin): We feel therefore we are? About emotions and cooperation

Mathias Benedek (University of Graz): Creativity and cognitive control

Julia von Thienen (HPI) & Joaquín Santuber (HPI): Normative aspects in creativity, collaboration and culture development



Julia Rodríguez (Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, FU Berlin): Examining social influences on brain and behavior across development

Irene Plank (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, HU Berlin): The neuroscience of empathy

Shama Rahman (HPI):  Introduction to  NeuroDesign plus 'AI & Neuroscience of Creativity’

Shama Rahman (HPI): Brain data and creative engineering – dynamics and patterns

Melisa Leñero (Global Innovation Design): Designing with neuroscience and emerging tech

Oliver Gingrich (Media and Arts Practice, Bournemouth University): Interdisciplinary science-media art as participatory practice and social impact

Bert Arnrich (HPI): Working with wearable technology and signal processing [resource available internally only]

Yannick Roy (Co-Founder of NeuroTechX): Brain-computer/human-interfaces (BCI/HCI); analysis and design: past, present and future

Nick Rothwell (software architect and visual artist, Ravensbourne University): Artifice & intelligence: processes, systems, emergence and autonomy in digital arts practice



John Collins (UK Digital Catapult Machine Intelligence Ethics Advisory Board): Ethics and AI

Marcus du Sautoy (Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford): Creativity code

Manish Saggar (Director of the Brain Dynamics Lab, Stanford University): Characterizing cognitive states associated with creative thinking using network neuroscience and topological data analysis

Tania Singer (Head of the Social Neuroscience Lab of the Max Planck Society in Berlin): A social neuroscience perspective on how to train mind and heart [resource available internally only]

John Gero (Professor in Computer Science and Architecture at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte) Some recent research in design neurocognition [resource available internally only]