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Arne Dietrich is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at AUB. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Georgia, USA.
Prof. Dietrich's early empirical work focused on the neurobiology of learning and memory, and he published several papers on the functions of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. His present research interests, however, focus on three major areas:

  • Neurocognitive mechanisms of creativity

  • Neural basis of altered states of consciousness

  • Cognitive neuroscience of physical exercise

Prof. Dietrich has written an introductory textbook on consciousness and is responsible for two, entirely new mechanistic explanations for the effects of exercise on brain function, the transient hypofrontality theory, which he also developed into the first comprehensive theory on the neural basis of altered states of consciousness, and the endocannabinoid hypothesis. He also published several influential papers on the brain mechanisms of creativity.


TEDx Talk: Arne Dietrich, Surfing the Stream of Consciousness: Tales from the Hallucination Zone

Arne Dietrich, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
American University of Beirut
Beirut 1107-2020, Lebanon
Phone: + 961 1-350000/4365
E-mail: arne.dietrich@aub.edu.lb
Office: Jesup Hall 107A
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Last update February 23rd 2012