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Can Conformity Be Creative?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Creativity for You
You want to be original and creative. Can copying someone else's example actually help you do that?

The Artistic Side of Artificial Intelligence

By John Nosta on March 22, 2017 in The Digital Self
Need a portrait? Your fine artist might just be a computer.
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Walking Meetings? Proceed With Caution

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Creativity for You
The benefits of walking meetings have been widely discussed. But they're not always the right choice. Find out why.

What Happened to Risk-Taking in Science?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Curious?
Great strides have been made in psychology. No longer is it acceptable to run an experiment with 30 college students. But here we take a closer look at the questions being asked...

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Drawing the Devil

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Forensic artists face a digitized future, but a former detective offers facial composition software that replicates his successful drawing methods.

Creativity Rules: In Honor of Jimmy Breslin

Like Joseph Heller’s Catch 22, Jimmy Breslin’s work became so influential that it morphed into a colloquialism and changed the world of writing and art.

How to Reclaim the Power in Your Writing

It is a myth that only successful writers have more control over their careers because they’re successful. It is, in fact, the demanding of control early on that led to success.

Teaching in the Trump Era

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 18, 2017 in Social Lights
Advice for faculty at all ranks.

Two-Legged Walking and Human Skull Traits Evolved in Tandem

Our hominid ancestors' ability to walk upright on two legs evolved in tandem with distinctive traits of the human skull, according to a new follow-up study.

Breaking Down the Elements of Acting

If theatre is awesome for kids, which kids? What kinds of awesome? And how? Let's break it down.

Why Language Really Matters

By John Nosta on March 16, 2017 in The Digital Self
The search of patients for drug trials is doomed by language.

When It Comes to Health Care Reform

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Innovation You
Innovation will matter more than politics.
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Want to View the World With Fresh Eyes?

By Gretchen Rubin on March 15, 2017 in The Happiness Project
What hooks do you use to help yourself see the world more vividly?

For My Health. And Yours.

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on March 14, 2017 in A Sound Mind
National Creative Arts Therapy week, the third week of March, recognizes young professions built around ancient human activities.

The Transient Hypofrontality Edge

"Transient hypofrontality" is an elegant term to describe the possible mechanism for why running and other physical activity can alter our thought processes.

Alphabet Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Brain Workout
We use alphabets habitually without realizing how they help us make words. These puzzles focus on the word-making feature of alphabets.

An Easy Way to Build Your Confidence Quickly

If you're struggling with confidence in your writing ability, you need to learn how to give yourself some easy wins.

What Is the Effect of Music on the Listener?

What is the difference between man-made musical sounds and the constant presence of worldly sounds that occupy consciousness almost around the clock?

Glenn Mercer's Moment

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Freud claimed that the key to life is both “work” and “love.” In order to be happy, we must develop our own unique interests and achievements.
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Can a Simple Walk Improve Your Creative Thinking?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Creativity for You
Do you need a new approach to a project? Consider taking a walk to get a fresh perspective.

What Would Your Protest Sign Say?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Whether you're for or against something or everything, there are many ways to be effective. You'll also feel better by doing something. Here's an idea.

Nurture the Phoenix

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Can art + environment + psychology = a formula for our phoenix to rise from the ashes?

The Chaos of Neal Barnard

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Neal Barnard has never been one to accept the status quo.

Tools That Aid Expert Decision Making

Critics want to automate the tasks of experts. Three reasons to keep experts central in decision making: Frontier thinking, social engagement, and responsibility for their actions.

Trick Yourself Into Writing More With This Easy Tip

Here's a secret: The more you write, the more you want to write. The more you will write.

Team Player: Professor Shiller and Finance as Panacea

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Is modern finance a kind of engineering? Does it really power the economy? How big should the finance industry be?

Better Learning Through Recess

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Play in Mind
The nation will pay for devaluing play.

The Underrecognized Inspirational Value of Persistence

How long should you stick with searching for ideas – and why?

Let Go of Your Big Goals and Focus on This Instead

On my whiteboard in my office, I’ve written, “One thing at a time. First things first. Start now.” Below that, I’ve added, “Baby Steps. Just Begin."

Toward Integration: Mental Health Defined

We're all familiar with mental health issues or symptoms. But what does a mentally healthy brain look like? And how do we get there?

Matt North's Personal "Fallure"

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“Every good story starts from a wound.” This is how musician Matt North describes his approach to writing his first solo album.

Selling Mental Illness and Its Cure

By Stanton Peele on March 02, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Kay Jamison's presentation of her biography of poet Robert Lowell, "Setting the River on Fire," shortchanged his lived experience and creativity in favor of his mental illness.
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Writers: How to Be Fired Up, Not Burned Out

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Starting something new is not the only way to get excited about writing again. Here are some reflections about how to find flow.

Chandler Travis Is Happy Being Hopelessly Out of Step

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Chandler Travis's music career has spanned over forty years, including as a member of Travis, Shook and the Club Wow (with Steven Shook).