Creativity Essential Reads

Six Reasons Pop Singers Pronounce Some Lyrics in Odd Ways

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 What Shapes Film?
Why do some pop singers pronounce words in songs in idiosyncratic ways, or seem to pick up or lose accents when they sing?

Creativity Is Memory

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 Ulterior Motives
Do you remember the shock you had (perhaps as a teenager) when you realized that all of the characters in your dreams are part of your own memories? Even though, the things they say seem to come from someone else, they have to reflect information from your own memory and experiences.

Criticizing Personal Autonomy

The free person is not the angry loner, willfully standing apart from those who would sap his energies. Nor is she the enthusiastic manager of others, who directs and controls their behaviors - and reaps the satisfactions of her manipulations. Free people are those who recognize the legitimacy of other people’s participation in their own lives

How to Take on a Challenge

By Jen Kim on September 30, 2015 Valley Girl With a Brain
What does it take to make the impossible possible?

Demons, Drivers and Defenses

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 25, 2015 A Sideways View
Does therapy destroy as much as it creates? Can your demons act as a wonderful source of inspiration? Or is that nonsense? Surely therapy is aimed at making us happier, healthier and better able to cope with the vicissitudes of life?

Viola Davis Matters

Onscreen storytelling is only enhanced by diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. Letting a variety of people into our imaginations and our lives often yields huge rewards.

Why Study Coincidences? Part 2

Meaningful coincidences can jolt us into examining our own minds and our relationship with the world in which our minds are immersed.

Why "Science Benefits When We Think More and Do Less"

Does the productivity of scientific careers come at the cost of creativity? One foundation director worries that it does.

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.

More Music, More Empathy

Music is often called a universal language because it seems to speak to the emotions of disparate groups of people. In this light, some believe music has almost magical powers toward helping people find common ground with others seen as unlike themselves. So is music a uniquely powerful tool in building human empathy?

Why It's Imperative to Teach Entrepreneurship

By Tina Seelig on August 21, 2015 CreativityRulz
Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities.

This Can Give You the Advantage in Online Dating

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 Love, Digitally
Artistic and creative pursuits predict mating success Art, music or humour, are the modern day human equivalent to the peacock’s tail

Cognitive Signatures of Creativity and Genius

By Kaja Perina on August 14, 2015 Brainstorm
Dr. Albert Rothenberg articulates cognitive processes that undergird breakthrough discoveries and the most inventive minds.

9 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Chances For Success

Many new parents may be too busy to realize it, but Tovah Klein of Columbia University argues that “the ages from two to five are crucial for your child’s long-term healthy development and success—for laying the foundation of who they will become over time.” Here are 9 ways to improve your child's chances for success from "the toddler whisperer."

The Three Realities of Innovators

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 10, 2015 Innovation You
Innovators do not work alone. They may start with a vision, but it takes a team of people to turn that vision into something bigger.

The Underrated Importance of Being Playful

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 06, 2015 On Having Fun
What if playfulness were a survival skill?

Punk Music Isn't "Bad"

New research explores whether extreme music (e.g. heavy metal and punk) makes you angrier, or helps you process and regulate your anger.

Creative Concerns

At first glance, the notion that creativity perturbs us is oxymoronic. We live in an age in which we are encouraged to prize all things ingenious. However, novelty also brings risk and uncertainty.

You May Not Persist Long Enough in Creative Tasks

I have the opportunity to work with groups who are trying to develop creative solutions to problems. One thing I have noticed is that groups often try to end the task of generating new potential solutions fairly quickly. After they have generated a couple of good ideas, they want to move on to evaluating those ideas and planning a way to execute those ideas.

When Music Becomes Language

When jazz musicians achieve the highest levels of mastery, their brain processing undergoes a fundamental change, and they begin to perceive music in a way no one else can.

The Wisdom of the Rule of Three

Innovation requires us to have deep and wide field of vision and an open mind to see the reality of the situation.

By Neglecting Spatial People, What Innovations Have We Lost?

Peter Thiel famously said of the future: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” As innovative as Twitter might be, it pales in comparison to engineering feats that could truly transform our future. And by neglecting spatially talented people, we may have already lost so many incredible inventions.

Algorithms of Dreaming: Google and the "Deep Dream" Project

Google has developed a computer program that spontaneously generates images with "dream-like" qualities. This new technology can help dream researchers by teasing out which specific features in dream vision are related to amplified versions of waking vision.

Genetic Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness?

Is Van Gogh's illness coincidence or destiny... Hold your horses, let me explain to you how these studies work first.

How Asking Tough Questions Could Save Your Career

Had Kodak’s leaders ratcheted up their discomfort level by asking more challenging questions from others, it may well have sustained its legacy as a key industry player.

The Sep-Con Articulation Process in Creativity

The sep-con articulation process was discovered in extensive empirical investigations with outstanding literary prizewinners and Nobel laureates in the sciences. It consists of constructing or conceiving connection and functional separation concomitantly.The wide use in creativity, examples, and application do's and don'ts are specified.

What Is Transgender? A Beautiful Short Film With an Answer

Dylan is a short film written and directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, and is based on a interview done with Dylan Winn Garner. The film follows a young trans man as he explains his story, his exploration in the trans community, his family's acceptance of his identity, and ultimately his physical and emotional transformation.

The Art of Farming

The corn did not look good. The transplants were bending over sideways. What good would it do to dance?

Happiness With Life 10: Practice Curiosity

Contrary to popular wisdom, curiosity enriches the cat, not kills it. Learn the benefits to your happiness in being curious and the five strategies to incorporate it into your daily routine.