Essential Reads

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.

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Representing Young Mothers in Literature

By Ariel Gore on October 31, 2016 in Women and Happiness
When The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom was first published, I’d never seen myself—a young mom—represented in a graphic novel. The brilliant book broke ground...

Writing for the Self-Help Consumer, Pt 1

By Melissa Kirk on October 30, 2016 in Test Case
Probably the biggest mistake I hear when I communicate with potential authors about their books is the author misunderstanding who their audience is.

Why I Dance

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 28, 2016 in What a Body Knows
You’d think I’d have answered the question by now. I mean, I’ve written a book called Why We Dance. You’d think that “we” includes me. It does and it doesn’t.

Silver Bullets For Your Brain: Nootropics Are Now at Hand

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on October 27, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Many would love a pill that restored the hundreds of lost hours due to fatigue and the necessity of sleep.

Ways to Learn Creativity

By Drew Boyd on October 26, 2016 in Inside the Box
Becoming more creative, even just a tiny bit, will enhance what you do everyday, at work, at home, or anywhere. Here's how.

Dancing With Change

By Tim Leberecht on October 26, 2016 in The Romance of Work
A conversation with Lorna Davis, Chief Manifesto Catalyst of food company Danone, about how to bring manifestos to life and why even Fortune 500 businesses are like families.

10 Ways Writing a Book is Like Having a Baby

Ever wanted to write a book? Here is an inside look from a first-time author's perspective.

Creepy Clowns Prowl the Uncanny Valley

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
When future historians look back, they will likely label our time an “Age of Anxiety.”

Imaginary Friends and Interactive Technology

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Screen Time
As children learn to become reliant upon screens for entertainment, their boredom cures decline showing a decrease in pretend play which is essential during childhood.

Personality and the Brain, Part 8

Knowing how the brain works, how it specializes for certain tasks and what triggers changes in the brain’s structural connections can help you change your personality.

Art Therapy: Treating Combat-Related PTSD

Recent research underscores that art therapy's role in the resolution of trauma is evident, but on the whole, it's complicated.

Can Novels Influence Our Beliefs About Reality?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Joyce Carol Oates’s depiction of an amnesiac, loosely based on HM, perpetuates negative stereotypes about women scientists.

Psychosis and the Creation of Poetry

By Albert Rothenberg on October 22, 2016 in Creative Explorations
Poetry creation is often thought to result from the upsurge of unconscious process. As characteristic of schizophrenic thinking, such upsurge must be molded by creative cognition.

Personality and the Brain, Part 5

People's psychic abilities can be explained by a peculiar crossing of the senses.
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Reclaiming Your Creative Self

By Barnet Bain on October 21, 2016 in Doing and Being
The key to finding resilience, courage, and wonder in a changing world.

Why Should You Build Some Nostalgia Into Your Life?

Nostalgia can make your life better.

Personality and the Brain, Part 4

When the bossy left hemisphere is “shushed” and the creative right brain is allowed to “speak,” artistic talent proliferates.
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A Journey to the Good Life

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on October 18, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Author, entrepreneur, and business strategist Jonathan Fields shares his journey to the good life in his latest book How to Live a Good Life released today.

"Mine, Mine, Mine!": The Psychology of Property

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on October 18, 2016 in So Sue Me
"Mine! Mine! Mine!" It is one of the first words that toddlers learn. But where does property come from, and what does it really mean? Scholars, philosophers, and toddlers answer.

A Drug to Improve Performance and Creativity

If study drugs give you a significant cognitive advantage, do you "cheat" if you take them? Do you become a different person?
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Thank You, Michelle Obama!

In this time of change and challenge, children need help becoming smart and creative. Thank you, Michelle Obama, for living this message so effectively.
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Bruce Springsteen: Born to Be Honest

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on October 12, 2016 in What Is He Thinking?
Bruce Springsteen's new book, "Born to Run," is not only a meticulous account of his rise to musical fame, but reflects insights born of over 30 years of deep psychotherapy.

Running May Help Repair Some Types of Brain Damage

By Christopher Bergland on October 12, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Aerobic exercise triggers the production of a molecule that can repair some types of brain damage and speeds up communication between brain regions, new study finds.

Laughter in the Face of Divorce

By Wendy Paris on October 11, 2016 in Splitopia
A divorce comedy improv show helps us take a step back from divorce while creating a positive moment.

To Play or Not to Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 11, 2016 in On Having Fun
Not-play is what we do when we have to. Play is what we do when we are free.

How Lisa Lampanelli Found Her ‘Choir’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Of all of Lisa Lampanelli’s accomplishments, being on her own side has not been something that she’s been able to do.

Giving Voice to Grief in a Novel Way

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Creating in Flow
A doctor imagines cloning his lost son to keep him alive in the minds of his debut novel's readers. This Q&A with the author explains the why and the how.

Why Complaining Keeps Us Stuck in Our Problems

Tired of complaining about a problem? Try this shift to move from complaining to creative action.

The One Life We're Given: A Conversation With Mark Nepo

By Mark Matousek on October 07, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
Mark Nepo, poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor, talks about the secrets to living an awakened life.
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3 Ways to Improve Your Creativity at Work

Do you feel under pressure to be more creative at work? If you’re nodding your head, you’re in good company.