We are Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity

Balder Onarheim

Balder is the co-founder of CINC. He is a medical equipment designer with a PhD investigating the relationship between creativity and constraints. His speciality is creativity training, and practical application of Morten's research.

Morten Friis-Olivarius

Morten is co-founder of CINC and is a neurobiologist with a PhD in the neuroscience of creativity. Morten is a world-leading neurobiologist in the field of creativity research, involving complex studies of brain functions.

Jacob Lennheden

Jacob is Managing Partner of CINC. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in teaching, frugal innovation and social entrepreneurship. He leads the business side of CINC and is the key to disseminating the science of neurocreativity, while administering the creative geniuses he works with on a daily basis.

Mette Bohnstedt

Mette Bohnstedt is Senior Consultant and Program Director at CINC. She is a highly experienced professional education consultant and user experience researcher.

Our international presence. CINC Paris. Voilá!

Olivier Tharreau

Olivier is Director of CINC Paris. He has more than 20 years experience in organisational development and is passionate about ideation, innovation, organizational transformation and building great teams.


These people make sure that we are up to date with the newest research within neurocreativity.

Andreas Engvig

Andreas is a medical doctor with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and brain plasticity. He is an expert in cognitive training and has a general interest for various approaches to improving cognition.

Dagny Valgeirsdottir

Dagny is an expert in creativity training programs, and is currently writing a PhD on the relationship between creativity training and organizational innovation.

Alisan Atvur

Alisan is an expert user experience (UX) researcher with extensive international experience from teaching and design research agencies. He is currently a researcher at Novo Nordisk and supports CINC with research.


Kautsar Anggakara

Angga is the most creative person we know, and is therefore working with GO-JEK. Whenever we see Angga we make sure that he organizes at least one workshop with us.

Christine Durazo

Christine is a behavioural design expert, and a very experienced facilitator of creative processes and user research. She is currently working at Carve Consulting P/S.

Selected media appearances

Accelerate your creativity
Dagny Valgeirsdottir

Talk from 'Ideas of the future’
(Introduction in Danish, but talk is in English)

3 tools to become more creative
Balder Onarheim

Talk from TEDxCopenhagen

Sådan bliver du mere kreativ
Morten Friis-Olivarius

Talk from TV2

Selected publications

Onarheim, B., & Friis-Olivarius, M. (2013). Applying the neuroscience of creativity to creativity training. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7.
Howard, T. J., Maier, A., Onarheim, B., & Friis-Olivarius, M. (2013). Overcoming design fixation through education and creativity methods. In 19th International Conference on Engineering Design-ICED 13.
Ball, L. J., Onarheim, B., & Christensen, B. T. (2010). Design requirements, epistemic uncertainty and solution development strategies in software design. Design Studies, 31(6), 567-589.
Onarheim, B. (2012). Creativity from constraints in engineering design: lessons learned at Coloplast. Journal of Engineering Design, 23(4), 323-336.
Friis-Olivarius, M., Wallentin, M., & Vuust, P. (2009, October). Improvisation: the neural foundation for creativity. In Proceedings of the seventh ACM conference on Creativity and cognition (pp. 411-412). ACM.

See the ‘publications’ buttons in the above team section for a list of all individual publications.


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