Maria Ashna is a neuroscience researcher, educator, actor and writer specializing in the neuroscience of creativity. She guides us through the science of creativity and how it can hack cognitive dysfunction and dementia as well as improve our mental capabilities.

Maria has a Master’s degree in Neuroimaging and Informatics from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Master’s in Information Systems and Technology.

She studied neuroscience and theatre for her undergraduate degree and also trained at the Stanislavski Summer Institute, a joint advanced theatre training program with the American Rep Theatre at Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre School. Maria has worked in both research and tech, and she is currently an Instructor at USC.

I recently met Maria during my Masters program in Gerontology at USC and was very impressed by her knowledge of the brain, but also her completely contrary background in art. But there is a lot that is complementary between the arts and the brain that Maria shares with us.

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