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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

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
Keeping an open mind about — and asking more from — brain training

More Posts on Creativity

Wired to Create

By The Book Brigade on January 13, 2016 The Author Speaks
The creative mind is full of contradictions,and the tension between opposing traits and mental processes may give rise to the desire to harmonize the tension through creative work.

How to Have The Best Birthday Ever: Celebrate Your REAL Age

Birthdays as a reward for having shown up 365 days in a row. It's like getting a badge for attendance.

The Creative Power of Landscape

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Listen Up!
The physical effort involved in this artist's work jumpstarts his imagination and creativity

Ten Things You Can Do to See Your Children Thrive

Making your New Year's resolutions? Why not make resolutions that will nurture your children and help them grow into caring, positive adults.

Creativity Translates Perfectly with the Right Subtitles

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 10, 2016 Creating in Flow
If you're seeking something new in the way of couch time, stimulate your brain by streaming a panorama of unfamiliar European mysteries, dramas, and more.

The Benefits of Play Events in Your Community

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 10, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Your community will come alive when they have the opportunity to play together!

Dopamine and Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Dream Catcher
Dopamine is central to motivation and reward and may be central to dreams as well.

Risk, Reality, and Croquet in the Age of Alarm

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on January 04, 2016 Play in Mind
...we do, in fact, now live in a healthier, wealthier, more tolerant, less violent, and more secure world than ever.

Community Service: Teens Make Great Play Advocates

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 03, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Teens have helped with community play activities from the beginning. They are energetic and creative, plus young children look up to them.

Starting a New Year: Why I Embrace Discomfort

My freedom depends on my willingness to step outside my comfort zone – the habits and beliefs that have been ingrained in me through socialization and trauma.

Attainable New Year's Resolutions

By Kimberly Key on December 31, 2015 Counseling Keys
The top 2015 list of resolutions were general failures. Here's how to make resolutions that work--and that ultimately make you intrinsically happier. Marilyn Monroe got it.

Exercising Creativity: Four Essential Skills

It was a simple idea--an Additive Advent Calendar--that proved to be veritable creativity skill-building workout. What does it take to create?

Creativity as a Wellness Practice

Studies show your own authentic self-expression can be a potent agent for wellness. So put down the coloring book and try making creativity a wellness resolution this year.

Who Else Wants to Write a Book in 2016?

By Donna Barstow on December 31, 2015 Ink Blots Cartoons
Is writing a book one of your goals for the New Year? Four experts have varying ideas on how to start your successful book.

Bedecked & Bejeweled: How Dressing up Increased Creativity

Like magic, the first time I put on a white coat in medical school I became a doctor before my own eyes. Recent research shows it wasn’t magic at work but science.

Make Play Part of a Planned Community Event

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 Moral Landscapes
Chances are wherever you live in America or around the world your community holds annual events: starting with New Year’s Eve--you can make these play events!

Dance, Sex Appeal & Democracy

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 Jacob's Staff
Popular dance is a powerful metaphor for individualism. How might the sex appeal of pop dance entertainers reflect those changes? How is this reflected in contemporary China?

Paper-Free Life? What Do You Do If You Don't Doodle Anymore?

When I doodle, it's like part of my brain can go outside for recess while the rest of me sits up straighter and pays more attention. Let's hope Googling won't replace doodling.

What's Really Going on in the Psychology of Pinterest

Among all forms of social media, Pinterest is unique. Drawing users into its DIY world, it satisfies our needs for creative expression (and maybe a little narcissism).

A New Mindset for a New Year

Begin the new year with a Renaissance mindset

The Creative Power of Thinking Big

By Drew Boyd on December 27, 2015 Inside the Box
Generate better ideas by mentally simulating the "down the road" effect of the idea. The bigger the impact you predict, the higher the quality of the idea.

Pushing Play in the Community

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 26, 2015 Moral Landscapes
The people of Takoma Park work together to make sure it’s a safe place for children to play, reports a 16-year-old player-observer.

Holiday Prison Blues: Easing the Depression thru Art

Depression is pervasive in prison; the holidays can be especially grueling. Here's how and why art therapy can be quite useful in easing these holiday prison blues.

Music, Smell, and Holiday Shopping

Does it feel like you hear holiday music too early in stores? Research helps explain why.

Try Something Hard

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 Rethinking Thought
Common sense dictates that people choose their careers based on their strongest skills, but that is not what I found.

Eschew This!

I have always had trouble understanding academic writing, but for years I thought it was just me.

12 Days of Non-Tech Gift Giving

Get "real" toys this year! Here are 12 gift categories for children that encourage imagination, bonding, movement, and of course loads of family fun.

Spotlight: The Trauma Crimes

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on December 17, 2015 Reel Therapy
Understand the full depth of anger behind this story of abuse.

How To Be Happy Living Off-Grid

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on December 15, 2015 Trouble in Mind
Climate change is an important issues in today’s world. Living off-grid or partially off-grid is one way to limit our personal carbon footprint and bring us happiness as a bonus.

Do You Pout Too Much?

Admit it. You pout from time to time. It’s part of our privilege of being human to feel sorry for ourselves...but what can you do about it?