Creativity Essential Reads

The Fallacy of Genius

Cognitive science suggests that our potential exceeds our perspective on what is possible for ourselves. What if we could explore the possibilities beyond our limited vision?

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!

4 Ways Your Front Yard Can Make You Happier

By Jamie Littlefield on November 18, 2016 in Placed
Re-thinking your front yard may result in an unanticipated sense of well-being.

Neuroscience Research Shows How Mood Impacts Perception

According to a new theory of attention and mood, the happier you are, the more you see of the world. Here’s why, and what your brain has to do with it.

Can You Be Autistic and Bipolar at the Same Time?

Co-occurrence of autism and bipolar disorder seems ruled out by the diametric model until you realize that different mental modules and brain centres may be involved in each.

Why Living Aroad is Broadening

By Alex Pang Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Rest
When does travel promote creativity? Scientists are studying how travel, navigating cultural distance, and learning about new places can broaden your creative horizons.

Adolescence and Creativity

By Albert Rothenberg on November 05, 2016 in Creative Explorations
Although young children are often free and spontaneous and therefore considered to be creative, true creativity begins in adolescence with the structuring of developmental tasks.

How New Ideas Are Presented May Influence Creativity

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
What things invite us to come forward to speak and share new ideas?
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How Aging Affects Our Memory

What is the upper limit for aging and creativity?

How Black Francis of Pixies Writes His Own Narrative

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 01, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Narratives matter. Our personal narrative – or the story that we tell ourselves and others about our life – can have a tremendous impact on our well-being and behavior.

The Culture of Childhood: We’ve Almost Destroyed It

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Here are the lessons that children learn best in interactions with other children, away from adults. If we want our children to become adults, we must preserve childhood culture.

Emotions and Rationality in Leadership

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Does leadership require guts feeling or analysis?

Are Creative People More Likely to Be Psychopathic?

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