Creativity Essential Reads

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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.

The Most Inspiring Book I've Read

Want to be blown away by a tale you should already know but likely don't, about brilliant characters who should be as famous as Einstein, but aren't well-known? Read this book.

3 New Findings On Human Intelligence

The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.

Why We’re Politically Stalled Out

It's not just that we disagree with one another. We have trouble putting ourselves in our political opponents' shoes. I explain why that's bad for everyone involved.

The Two Faces of Nostalgia

It’s a well-known fact of life that “you can’t go home again,” and it’s how we deal with that realization that determines the emotional quality of our memories.

Why Does Brain Training Make You Smarter?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in Curious?
Lumosity, a brain game app, recently paid 2 million dollars to settle charges of deceptive advertising. People want to be smarter. But what do we know about brain games?

Making Art Can De-Stress You—Even If You're Lousy at It

Making art may lower our stress hormone levels, a new study finds—no matter what skills we bring to the table.

Is Noise the Key to Artificial General Intelligence?

By Andrew Smart on June 09, 2016 in Machine Psychology
Converging evidence indicates noise plays a fundamental role in the brain.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Gifted Intensity

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on June 04, 2016 in Creative Synthesis
For many gifted and creative children, emotional intensity is not only normal but crucial to their personal growth.

Getting Unstuck

We all know the frustration of hitting an impasse, unable to find a solution to an important problem. Studying examples of people who were successful can provide some useful hints.

To Spark Genius, Read Outside Your Comfort Zone

Reading works very different from what you're writing and has multiple benefits for your brain. Here are six that will pay off immediately.

Body Thinking and the Wobble Effect Behind Brain Pickings

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on May 30, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
How do we sedentary tribes plug in our bodies for creating and thinking?
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Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

A (Metaphorical) Bridge Between Semantic Order and Chaos

Walt Whitman once asked, “Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” Research on the neural networks involved in metaphor processing justifies that feeling of pride.

The Concept of a Cause Has Gotten More Important Over Time

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 19, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Over the past 100 years, the world seems to have gotten more complicated, a new study finds. Does that affect people's interest in causal knowledge?

The Psychology of Design

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
IDEO’s Tom Kelley challenges what you think you know about design.

5 Reasons the Cerebellum Is Key to Thriving in a Digital Age

For human beings to thrive in a digital age, the cerebellum must not be allowed to atrophy by sitting all day, limiting face-to-face contact, or excessive screen time.

Are Creativity and Madness Written Together in Your Genes?

By Garth Sundem on May 04, 2016 in Brain Trust
A study in Nature Neuroscience shows that creativity and madness may share the same genetic underpinnings.

What We Can Learn From a Traveling, Talking, Mime

Master storyteller, Bill Bowers, shows us how to make the invisible visible in his new solo show about traveling the world as a mime who talks.

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Ironically and tragically, rather than adapt our educational system to the needs of our modern times we have doubled down on the old system, so it is ...

What Makes for a "Happy School?"

It's a simple idea, really. Children learn when they're happy. And they're happy when they have control over what and how they learn. Meet Sugata Mitra, who makes it happen.

Do Scientific Fields Differ in Their Influence?

Whether we like it or not, there is definitely a hierarchy of influence among the social sciences.

Your Brain and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Time for spring cleaning? You can straighten up your house as much as you like, but you might want to leave a little disorder in your brain.

The Realm of the Emoji

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in Language in the Mind
How does the emoji, in text messaging and other forms of digital communication, enable us to better express tone and provide emotional cues?

Unveiling an Underappreciated Key to Creativity

Flexing our creative muscles — by detail stepping