Experimental Faculty

Darya L. Zabelina

Darya L. Zabelina

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(PSYC)-Psychological Science

Phone: 479-575-4256

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*Dr. Zabelina is recruiting a doctoral student for the 2017-18 application cycle

My research program centers at the intersection between the psychology and neuroscience of attention, executive functions, and internally-guided cognition. Specifically, the work of the Mechanisms of Cognition & Attention (MoCA) laboratory links traditional subfields of cognitive psychology with important under-explored processes spanning creativity and imagination. I applies a variety of techniques, including behavioral, genetic, electrophysiological (EEG and ERP), and functional MRI (fMRI) techniques to better understand human minds. A long-term objective is to create a theoretical foundation upon which to develop methods to enhance creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Ph.D. in Psychology, Northwestern Univeristy


Selected Publications 

  1. Zabelina, D. L. (in press). Attention and creativity. In R. E. Jung & O. Vartanian (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Neuroscience of Creativity. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  2. Zabelina, D. L. (2017). Perseveration. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Berlin, Germany: Springer.
  3. Zabelina, D. L. & Andrews-Hanna, J. (2016). Dynamic network interactions supporting internally-oriented cognition. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 40, 86-93.
  4. Lebuda, I., Zabelina, D. L., & Karwowski, M. (2016). Mind full of ideas: A meta-analysis of the mindfulnesscreativity link. Personality and Individual Differences, 93, 22-26.
  5. Zabelina, D. L., Colzato, L., Beeman, M., & Hommel, B. (2016). Dopamine and the creative mind: Individual differences in everyday creative performance are predicted by interactions between dopamine genes DAT and COMT. PLOS ONE, 11, e0146768.
  6. Zabelina, D. L., Saporta, A., & Beeman, M. (2016). Flexible or leaky attention in creative people? Distinct patterns of attention for different types of creative thinking. Memory & Cognition, 44, 488-498.
  7. Zabelina, D. L., O’Leary, D., Pornpattananangkul, N., Nusslock, R., & Beeman, M. (2015). Creativity and sensory gating indexed by the P50: Selective versus leaky sensory gating in divergent thinkers and creative achievers. Neuropsychologia, 69, 77-84.
  8. Zabelina, D. L., Condon, D., & Beeman, M. (2014). Do dimensional psychopathology measures relate to divergent thinking or creative achievement? Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1-11.