Creativity Essential Reads

Faded Glory: What Can We Learn From the Formerly Famous?

Celebrities are exceptional individuals. Can we learn from how they cope when their glory fades?

Boredom and Its Perks

You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Bullies With a Cause

How do schools deal with nonconformists, and what happens when "excellent sheep" go to college?

How Psychologically Well Adjusted Are Gifted People?

From young to old gifted individuals are psychologically well adjusted.

Why Study Expertise?

The study of expertise has implications for psychology, education, coaching, and artificial intelligence. It emphasizes the positive aspects of the human mind.

Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

So, What Is Distraction Again?

Distraction and mind-wandering may seem like interchangeable terms, but they're not. It's worth pondering what our brain is doing when it seems to be doing nothing.

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

Being Creative About Staying Creative

Keeping an open mind about — and asking more from — brain training

Have You Become Too Predictable?

Routines make daily life more manageable, but if you’re not careful a routine can get you in trouble. Try some variety and it might even help boost your brain's creativity.

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.

Read Any Good Memories Lately?

Could Jane Austen and your 6th grade crush be standing between you and material success? The possible perils of reading and remembering for pleasure.

Mr. Rogers on Creativity

Creativity requires bold action, risk-taking, and tolerance of ambiguity. Carl Rogers (hm hm) outlined a theory 60 years ago. Let’s review it.

Procrastination As A Virtue For Creativity, Why It's False

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Don't Delay
A recent Op-Ed in the New York Times outlined how procrastination is a virtue for creativity. The problem is the essay wasn’t about procrastination at all.

What the Most Creative Countries in the World Do

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Innovation You
It's time that we loosen our ideology and tighten our strategy for making innovation happen.

David Bowie, A Personal Remembrance

Words cannot adequately express what David Bowie meant to me, but here is my best attempt.

Brains, Bridges, and Creativity Boosts

How to “warm-up” your dynamically creative brain

Self Creation and Treatment

Creation of the self in the course of therapy is similar to the process of creation of all types of art. It involves the unearthing of self knowledge, new choices and alternatives.

Laughing at Mental Illness?

Who is making the joke and why? Comedy helps people cope with mental illness.

Get More Done By Scheduling to Your Strengths

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on December 16, 2015 Glue
Are you an early bird? Or a night owl? In either case, you can get more done by taking your body's energy fluctuations into account.

Communicating Meaning, Not Just Sense, in the Spoken Word

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on December 16, 2015 Language in the Mind
Understanding the nature of how we mean is the Holy Grail of many of the academic disciplines in the behavioural, cognitive and social sciences.

The Promise & Problems of Probability in Coincidence Studies

The improbability of a coincidences attract our attention to them. How do we estimate their probabilities?

Why Scientists Should Write For The Public

One reason academics should write for the public? To fix academic writing.

5 Ways Meditation Is Giving CEOs an Extra Edge

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 14, 2015 Feeling It
More CEOs are meditating. Here's why, and the science behind it.

Infographic: How to Play the Innovation Game

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on December 07, 2015 Innovation You
Innovation is never fully realized; it's a perpetual work in progress: What if there is no there? That is, what if the real goal is to keep playing the game?

Creativity Is Not About Amateurs or Academies

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on November 30, 2015 Tracking Wonder
We have big problems causing big divides. We have a huge global class divide that is becoming canyon-wide and deep. We have people resurrecting primal fears and prejudices and hatreds.

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

We typically think of math anxiety as universally bad for math learning, but a team of scholars have now discovered that the relationship between math anxiety and learning is much more complex.

In the Age Of Emoji, What's in a Word?

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 Language in the Mind
The Oxford Dictionaries 2015 word of the year isn't a word. In fact, it's an emoji. What does this mean for the changing status of language in the digital age?

Family Background, Creativity, and Genius

Is the intense motivation of creative persons and geniuses, as manifested by months- or years-long devotions to a project in science, art, or other fields, due to inheritance or other family background factors? I describe a controlled empirical study of 435 Nobel laureates in science and 215 literary prizewinners.

Do Video Games Measure IQ?

Games like Big Brain Academy on the Wii are marketed to us as brain training tools to help us get sharper and have a good time doing it. We never really consider another option: That perhaps these games are actually measuring our IQ.