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Wilma Koutstaal is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[2] Her research and teaching focus on mental flexibility, creative problem solving, and human memory.

Wilma Koutstaal
Alma materHarvard University
Wilfrid Laurier University
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard University
University of Toronto
University of Minnesota
Doctoral advisorDaniel Schacter[1]



Wilma Koutstaal received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1985.[1] From 1985 to 1989 she worked as an academic tutor at the University of Toronto.[1] In 1993 she earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Harvard University with a minor in philosophy.[1][3] She has taught in Canada, England, and the United States.


Wilma Koutstaal is the author of more than 50 research articles and two books. She reviews the latest findings on creativity and cognition in her Our Innovating Minds: The Many Origins of Creative Thought and Action blog for Psychology Today.[4] She is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.


  • 2012 — The Agile Mind (Oxford University Press) — awarded the American Psychological Association's William James Book Award
  • 2015 — Innovating Minds: Rethinking Creativity to Inspire Change (Oxford University Press)


  1. ^ a b c d "Wilma Koutstaal, Ph.D." (PDF). University of Minnesota. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Kat Zambon (November 24, 2014). "New AAAS Fellows Recognized for Their Contributions to Advancing Science". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Wilma Koutstaal". Psychology Today. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Our Innovating Minds". Psychology Today. Retrieved May 22, 2019.

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