Essential Reads

Light Your Fire With the Sparks of Diversity

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Innovation You
From the point of view of creativizing, it’s really the same challenge. I ask them: where could you find the sort of people you’re looking for?

What Are the Five Dimensions of Curiosity?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on January 02, 2018 in Curious?
Over the past 20 years of studying curiosity, I have developed two measures. They are both antiquated. I am unveiling the new Five-dimensional Curiosity Scale...

The Cavalry Isn’t Coming

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in Innovation You
Start a new chapter. Move your story forward.

Finding Optimal Solitude in an Age of Collaboration

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on December 27, 2017 in Tracking Wonder
How do you pursue optimal collaboration? How do you shape time for productive solitude? Research shows that both are needed to advance our best ideas.

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Is Enthusiasm Always Bad in Science?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in The Human Beast
Scientific literature is designed to omit personal feelings and discourage spontaneity and originality. Is that a mistake?

Exclusive Interview With Writer-Director of Blood Honey

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in The Social Thinker
Jeff Kopas, writer/director of new psychological thriller, talks of the writing process, the "unreliable narrator" trend, and how he convinced Gil Bellows to douse himself in bees!

What We Mean When We Talk About Entitlement

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on January 15, 2018 in Between the Lines
Can a little bit of entitlement help you think out of the box? New data suggests it spurs creative problem-solving.

Yes, and...

The rule of improvisational theater is that you accept whatever your partner throws at you and move on from there. "Yes, and" applies to everyday life, too.
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New York’s Most Haunted Mansion

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 13, 2018 in Shadow Boxing
An anthology of fiction opens up New York's oldest mansion for "ghost tours" and other adventures.

Flipping the Script on Innovation

By Kaja Perina on January 12, 2018 in Brainstorm
There’s endless handwringing about how soon AI and automation will gut today’s workforce. Some organizations flip the equation—and the narrative—with their focus on human labor.

The Naked and the Nude

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Couch and Stage
A lecturer shows a slide at a conference, a self-portrait as DaVinci's Vitruvian Man, with the genitals removed. He discusses the implications of revealing and concealing the self.

(Not So Small) Lessons About Writing and Life

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Creating in Flow
You can learn a lot from reading good writers. One such is Ashley Hay, whose new book is A Hundred Small Lessons. Here's our Q&A.

Aha! Pro-Diversity Cultures Spark Corporate Innovation

By Christopher Bergland on January 10, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Pro-diversity policies in the workplace improve corporate innovation and a firm's value, according to a new study.

Science Isn't Just Common Sense

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Pura Vida
It is widely assumed—by people sympathetic to science—that science necessarily corresponds to our experience and assumptions. Surprise! It's at its best when it doesn't.

Putting the Antic in Anticipation

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Play in Mind
To anticipate being at play is already to be in play.

The Secret to Innovation? Ride What Moves

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Innovation You
Successful innovation requires us to notice what is moving and growing around us, and to find ways to harness its energy to get us where we want to go.

Are Writers as Weird as They Are Made to Appear?

Writers have often been perceived and portrayed as quirky, eccentric, and occasionally belligerent – a reputation that is arguably well deserved.

The Invention of Hyperlinks

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Seeing What Others Don't
Hyperlinks are critical for using our smartphones, using touchscreens, navigating the internet. Yet we take them for granted. How did they get invented?

Pere Ubu's Dave Thomas Warns Against Self-Satisfaction

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in Brick by Brick
People like to say it’s not the arriving, it’s the journey. Well, that’s baloney.

Texts and Textiles: Childhood Memories and What They Mean

My mother left school after the eighth grade, as her six sisters and one brother had done, in order to go to work. Yet our house was filled with books.

New Year’s Reflections Inspired by Three Haiku Poets

Here are four haiku with the new year as their themes. My commentary focuses on chronic illness (which includes chronic pain), but this piece is for everyone.

The A to (Almost) Z of How Flow Helped Sue Grafton Find Fame

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Creating in Flow
It's no mystery that Sue Grafton loved to write. The joy of being in flow is one reason why, as she explained in this interview.

Dance More!

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
When you dance for joy other concerns fall into place. The dancing facilitates clarity of heart and mind. Priorities reorder themselves. More is revealed. More becomes possible.

Art Therapy and Digital Technology: Digital Art Therapy

Digital art therapy is a relative newcomer to the field of art therapy that includes digital communication, devices, apps and social networking; here is a brief introduction.

The Myth of Resilience

By Jen Kim on December 31, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Bouncing back from failure is not for everyone.

Ambiguity at Work: Friend, Foe, or a Bit of Both?

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
Chasing creativity in the workplace –– what's ambiguity got to do with it?

Political Humor Gone Wrong

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in What’s So Funny?
When the president tells a joke, sometimes it's really not a joke at all. But does he know it?

10 Ways to Jump-Start Creativity in the New Year

By Jennifer Haupt on December 28, 2017 in One True Thing
Some of my favorite authors—debut authors and old pros—came up with New Year’s resolutions for creative inspiration.

Long Day's Journey Into Night: A Study of Psychological Form

A psychological approach clarifies the play's emotional impact and the psychological defenses on display.

Musical Preferences and the Brain

By David M. Greenberg Ph.D. on December 21, 2017 in The Power of Music
Can musical preferences be explained by differences in the brain? Neurobiological evidence for musical preferences is in its infancy, but we've developed some hypotheses.

Rats, Crowds, and Brain Loss

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on December 21, 2017 in The Literary Mind
a video about crowds, rats, and brain damage

We Grow When Our Life Sucks...

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on December 21, 2017 in Innovation You
Is there no alternative to suffering in order to change and grow? Actually, there is.
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How to Foster Innovation

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on December 20, 2017 in Innovation You
How to foster innovation and creativity

Why We Can (Sometimes) Hate Music

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on December 20, 2017 in Your Musical Self
Is it possible to grow to hate a song? Here are a few ideas to keep your holiday favorites feeling merry.