Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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The Many Origins of Creative Thought and Action.
Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D.
The many forms of creative imagination.
Forgetting or unlearning to promote positive change.
How fixed is our "personality," really?
Changing cultures and expectations to advance creative scientific progress.
When is a choice yours, when does it feel like yours, and why does it matter?
Do you change the shape of the creative problems you're facing by using voluntary constraints?
Using motion to get past commotion? Putting walking to work.
Part 2: The joys of play that we share with young creatures.
Part 1: Bringing more play into the study of play.
Are you a victim of precrastination? A creative response often takes time!
Where do flexibly new creative options come from?
Having a clear understanding of our goals for each iteration also may make the process especially productive.
What can we learn from seeing the world through a child's point of view?
How to creatively set your big picture and small step goals
Is playfulness available on demand?
Are you giving sound enough space in your creative world?
Creativity: What's privacy got to do with it?
Why do we experience the urge to be creative?
Are we hard-wired to be curious?
What's your metaphor for creative change?
How does asking yourself action-related questions catapult creativity?
What makes for good creative feedback?
Chasing creativity in the workplace –– what's ambiguity got to do with it?
What helps us to recognize good novel ideas?
Is your perspective on creativity lifting you up––or weighing you down?
Where's your sweet spot for coming up with good ideas?
In time of need, will you let a robot help you? A new study examines this.
Are inquiring minds creative minds?
Can we be sad and creative too?
Are you recognizing what really energizes your creative making?
Wilma Koutstaal, Ph.D., is a psychology professor at the University of Minnesota who studies thinking, memory and mental agility.