Essential Reads

Running, Writing, and Deep Play

By Alex Pang Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Rest
We often think of hobbies as a distraction from our busy working lives. In fact, the right kind of "deep play" can help us be better at our jobs, and even be more creative.

5 Paradoxical Ways to Capture the Elusive Art of Creativity

Have you ever wondered how you can change your brain and lifestyle to be more creative?

Why Do We Ask Why?

By Mario Livio Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Why?
Curiosity fuels brain growth, and brain growth drives curiosity. And you wouldn't be so curious if your ancestors hadn't learned to cook.

Boost Your Sex Appeal in Four Extraordinary Ways

Ordinarily, to boost your sex appeal you alter your physical appearance, but try these extraordinary strategies, no physical alterations required!

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David and Goliath: When Sports Inspire National Pride

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
When a small country beats a massive country in sport, we can all take inspiration from that.

What Are We Missing in Today’s Conflicts?

The missing link in too many current conflicts--and what you can do about it.

The Psychology of the Curated Closet

How cleaning out our closets can ease our minds and de-clutter our lives, while helping our wallets.

The Arts as an Opportunity for Psychological Research

All children, all over the world, engage in dance, music, dramatic pretend play, and art. How can psychologists use this opportunity to study child development in the real world?

Does Chess Instruction Improve Math Ability?

Chess instruction seems to have promise as an educational intervention. Can playing chess transfer to something like math problem-solving ability?

Journey or Destination: What's Your Pleasure?

"Going" there is just as important as "getting" there.

Imagine Falling Back in Time 600 Years — And Liking It

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in Creating in Flow
When a good writer creates a believable world on the page, it doesn't matter where you go in time, you'll want to keep turning pages.

A Simple Strategy to Help Worried Kids

The more parents say, “It’s fine. Don’t worry!” the more anxious kids demand, “But what if…?” Here's a way to help children use their imagination to manage worries.

Kim Rancourt’s Shot up Your Spine

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“I went from a kid wearing jeans and flannel shirts to wearing silver satin pants and silver shirts.”

How to Succeed in Life...Ideally, on Your Own Terms

In my third of three posts on defining success for yourself, I look at what the academic world considers to be success and how this can relate to your career as well.

Making Romance Last, Part 2

Novelty is characterized by newness, freshness, unconventionality, unfamiliarity, difference, imaginative, creativity, and innovation.

Innovation Handmaids

By Moses Ma on June 18, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
What can The Handmaid's Tale teach us about technology innovation?

A Meditation on Love and Loss

Can Laurie Anderson teach us about love and loss?

The Self, Lost and Found

How creativity holds up a mirror to your inner world.

How R. Stevie Moore Is Compelled Without Compulsion

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“It was like a disease that I had to record and write.”
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Is American Healthcare Innovation in the ICU?

By John Nosta on June 12, 2017 in The Digital Self
Consumers want innovation in healthcare. They're not getting what they want, at least not yet.

Mere Anarchy Is Loose

By Judith Eve Lipton M.D. on June 12, 2017 in Peace and War
The Resistance will take a long time. Use creative energy to keep it lively and lovely.

First Sight:a Theory for Right Place Right Time Coincidences

Somehow we show up in the right place at the right time, seemingly guided by information from outside of us. Psychologist Jim Carpenter has an explanation.

Mapping the Sources of Power

The 1998 map of our cognitive sources of power still seems relevant. However, an updated version distinguishes the knowledge that we acquire from ways we can apply that knowledge.

Ariana Grande, I Wish You Were Our President!

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Turning Point
After an attack at the end of her concerts in Manchester, Ariana Grande chose to respond with compassion and courage, showing the quality of authentic leadership, needed today.

Gedankenexperimente—the Sacred Gift We Ignore

Everybody is talking about the value of mindfulness today. I’d like to talk about the value of mindlessness, otherwise known as daydreaming.

The Upside of Uncertainty

By Lybi Ma on June 05, 2017 in Brainstorm
Guest post by Bernadette Jiwa.

Happy If—Happy When: Why Write a Musical?

I am writing a musical called Happy If—Happy When about two artists and their five children who move from the city to a farm in the country. Why write a musical?

So You Want to Write/Edit an Art Therapy Book, Part Two

Are you an editor or a curator? In the long and winding road of publishing, edited books may be becoming curated volumes more often than you think.

To See Your Status Soar, Be More Curious

Next time you leave an algorithm to decide your choices, consider what this is doing to your curiosity quotient -- and why it matters.

Vincent Castiglia’s Ethereal Road Map

“The world’s soul is kind of dead at the moment.”

Keeping a Dream Journal

One of the greatest values of a dream journal is the way it grows in power and depth over time.

A Quantum Leap for Literacy?

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in In One Lifespan
In recent years, technology has emerged that creates new possibilities for storytelling, creativity and creative education. But how do we design pedagogically valuable ebooks?

“I Don’t Have the Bandwidth for That”

Have computers changed the way you see yourself? Why losing touch with nature can be hazardous to your health.

Jacoby Shaddix Is Marching Right Next to You

"I just feel like I’m drowning in myself."