Dr. Oded Kleinmintz - Postdoctoral Scientist

Oded will be joining the lab as a postdoctoral fellow during the summer of 2021. Oded is an Israeli-Dutch neurocognitive researcher. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Haifa (Israel), working in the social and affective neuroscience lab (SANS) with Professor Simone Shamay-Tsoory and Dr. Donna Abecais. Oded's research interests include the underlying cognitive and neural bases of creative cognition. More specifically, his work focused on how environmental factors, such as socialization, enculturation, and expertise (especially musical expertise) may influence the creative process, taking into account that these environmental factors influence both how people generate ideas, and how they evaluate them. Furthermore, understanding these influences may help explain creative differences between various populations, and may help us design training programs to enhance creative performance. In the SANS lab, Oded had a proactive role in several studies in diverse research topics (empathy, emotion recognition and regulation, social cognition, aggression, depression, shame, and intercultural differences in creativity and self-enhancement). His research involved the application of a range of experimental methods (fMRI, TMS, tDCs), and pharmocological interventions (oxytocin and methylphenidate). In the Green Lab, Oded will be working on an NSF-funded project examining how creativity can be methodically augmented using cognitive intervention, brain stimulation, and biofeedback in order to optimize the creative process and product. Oded currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two children (aged 1 and 4). He enjoys raising his children, playing basketball, hiking and camping, very amateurly playing musical instruments, and gaming.