Creativity Essential Reads

Psychopaths Can Actually Be Creative People

Psychopathy, a trait associated with antisocial qualities, may show up in a prosocial form among creative people. New research shows the physiology supporting this intriguing link

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Happy?

Does AI spell the doom of humankind? Or should we welcome it? Given the significant limitations of human rationality, only AI can help humans to solve many difficult problems.

What Goes Into the Creative Act? Can Therapy Be Creative?

By Sheila Kohler on October 16, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Is there any overlap between therapy and the creative act?

What Is the Link Between Alcohol and Creative Genius?

By Tom Shroder on October 05, 2016 in Acid Test
My author grandfather said he couldn't write when he wasn't drinking. It might have won him a Pulitzer Prize. It definitely killed him.

The Top 3 Insights of Highly Innovative Leaders

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in Feeling It
The #1 quality CEOs look for in employees: creativity. Here's the secret to an innovative mind

How An Art Break Helps Kids Learn

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Home Base
Integrating play and creativity into the school day may help children learn. Here's an innovative school counseling program that did just that.

$50m Judgment Says Brain Training a Sham

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 19, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Letting someone else sharpen your brain sounds great. Except it doesn't work, and you have to do the work yourself. The good news is that it isn't so hard.

What If We Have It Wrong About Boredom?

What if we've got it wrong about boredom? Despite its negative connotations, boredom may actually be valuable.

What Gifted Students Can Learn From Being Average

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Finding the Next Einstein
"It was okay to just be in the middle of the pack...That was a lovely experience."
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Knit with Grit

By Sunil Iyengar on September 06, 2016 in The Value of Art
Should premed curricula include a module in the visual or performing arts? It's not a bad idea.

Play, Newness, and You

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
What leads us to try new things?

Treating Road Rage: A Free-Range Approach

How a hawaiian shirt, the music of Gabby Pahinui, and a lump of coconut-scented surf wax helped cure a case of road rage
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Here’s How Creative Arts Can Diminish Stress

While there’s no way for you to avoid stress entirely, you can use it to your advantage and harness its energy to create meaningful artistic expressions.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 8

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in In One Lifespan
The future is uncertain. There is little doubt about that. Scenario-based collective intelligence design may help us to shape the future, specifically, through our innovations.

The Practical Benefits of a Wandering Mind

The next time you’re trying to concentrate and find your mind wandering off task, you might just want to let it go. New research suggests it may be helping you achieve your goals.
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Want to Be Successful? Spend More Time Staring Into Space

Think about the last time you had a great idea or solved a problem that had been plaguing you—were you in the shower?

Play Is Serious Business

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in Home Base
We evolved to learn through play. But the push towards academics has crowded out open playtime in schools. Play should be treated not as a privilege, but as a core part of learning

Who Are Psychology's Geniuses? Part 2

I offer a few more nominations for psychologists whose contributions deserve to be called ingenious, and some analysis of what makes them stand out. See if you agree.

A Tale of Science, Ethics, Intrigue, and Human Flaws

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
The NYT article heralding a controversial new book on amnesiac HM, the neurosurgeon who operated on him, and the scientists who studied him is a poor reflection of the whole truth.
Jonathan Khoo via flickr

Are You a People Pleaser?

People often ask me what the secret to happiness is. My response is that the most important thing for happiness is living truthfully.

Harmonicas, Social Connections, and Politics

Research and experience indicate that live music experiences help with group emotional connectedness. Words not required.

Andrew Shapiro’s Perfectly Imperfect Minimalism

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Brick by Brick
At first blush, it would be easy to conclude that musician Andrew Shapiro is making a conscious statement with his music...

What Is Music…Exactly?

By David M. Greenberg on August 03, 2016 in The Power of Music
How can we define music and why does it move us to powerfully?

The (Script) Doctor Will See You Now

By John Munder Ross Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in The Talking Cure
The only way to get around writer's block is to grapple with the resonances and/or symbolic meanings of the characters and events on the page.

A Gripping Tale: Abstraction as Our Friend (and Foe!)

In striving to be as creative as possible, we can find ourselves in an ongoing tug-of-war with abstraction.

How To Become a Published Author: It's Not What You Think

During that five year period my first book was rejected, I couldn’t walk into a bookstore without getting depressed.
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Why Change Is So Hard

Change is hard only if you think it's so.

Storming on Bastille Day

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.

Time Alone Saps the Willpower of People Who Are Neurotic

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Living Single
For some people, time alone is rejuvenating. New research shows that for neurotic people, just thinking about spending time by themselves can instead undermine their motivation.

Future Thinking and False Memories

Have you ever had a vivid memory that turned out to be false? New research suggests that false memories may actually be associated with a number of positive psychological traits.