Creativity Essential Reads


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. 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

Talib Kweli Knows Hip Hop Will Never Die

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Talib Kweli shares how Hip Hop is thriving and continues to challenge stereotypes.
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The Perfect Balance

Western civilization actually began with the Toltec, Inca, and Maya. They shared a view of perfection with Ancient Greeks.

ADHD, Creativity, and the Concept of Group Intelligence

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on March 25, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
In an experiment, groups containing a person with ADHD symptoms showed more off-task behavior, but were much better at solving problems than groups with no such person.

It’s the Talent, Stupid

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 21, 2016 in Innovation You
Most of us want to pay less taxes, see our investments create huge returns in the very near future, and only live with people who appreciate our work.
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Murder Kits

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
What killers pack in their murder bags reveals not just methods but also rituals and levels of ingenuity.

A Creativity Prosthetic for the Mind

By Drew Boyd on March 19, 2016 in Inside the Box
Regardless of where you are on the creativity scale, using cognitive patterns can boost your problem solving output.

Eureka! Deconstructing the Brain Mechanics of "Aha!" Moments

Overthinking can reduce your odds of having an insightful Aha! moment. Groundbreaking new research helps to explain why being too analytical often sabotages the creative process.

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding How to Live

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 17, 2016 in Living Single
One of the most important life tasks is finding or creating the lifespaces that allow us to live our best lives.

Are America's Best Days Over?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 16, 2016 in The Human Beast
In his book, The rise and Fall of American Growth, Robert Gordon argues that America's exceptional growth is over, and that innovation isn't what it used to be.

Are You a Left-Brained or Right-Brained Thinker?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on March 14, 2016 in Talking Apes
The pop psychology notion of left-brain/right-brain is nothing more than “folk neuroscience,” just as nonsensical as the idea that you only use ten percent of your brain.

The Oldest Surviving Dream Journals

What if the cognitive spark that lit the explosion of Paleolithic creativity was shamanic dreaming, as recorded and preserved in cave paintings?

Marshmallow Men and One-Hit Wonders

Does a stray, random image, word, or sound ever pop into your head seemingly out of nowhere? Pay attention next time. Such spontaneous thoughts may be neither stray nor random.

You Will Never Find Work-Life Balance

Your work and your personal life do not amount to a zero-sum game, where more of one means you’re compromising the other.

20 Strategies to Transform a "Mindless" Organization

By Ray Williams on March 06, 2016 in Wired for Success
When this mindless behavior is translated into the workplace, the organization is characterized by a reliance on often outdated routines and both a dysfunctional awareness of a cha

When to Go and When to Stay?

When should we go with the tried and true, and when should we reach out for something new?