Essential Reads

$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."
flickr user Kyla Borg

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.

More Posts on Creativity

Numerologic Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Brain Workout
Arithmetic may be frustrating, but figuring out how numbers form relations is stimulating. These puzzles will activate inferential and reasoning processes in tandem.

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

Of all the novels on this list, how many have you read and enjoyed? Which books aren't here that you regard as essential? (Why aren't Hemingway or Melville here? I'm not a fan...)
K. Ramsland

What If Jack the Ripper Lived With You?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 27, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
An early tale based on Jack the Ripper shows the subtle way in which people see only what they need to see.

Road Rage: A Second "Free-Range" Intervention

What is real power? It is acting like the biggest dog on the road.

News From the 2016 Annual Dreams Conference

This year's IASD conference included talks on jihadi dreams, emotional processing, gender differences, social cognition, and existential dreams of "sublime disquietude."

How “Good Stress” Helps Creativity in the Workplace

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Not all stress is equal. Which stressful factors can contribute to an employee's creativity and innovation?

Playing Games With Memory

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Play in Mind
New technology makes it less urgent that we commit facts to memory.

Siena’s Sublimation of Neighborhood Rivalries

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in The Me in We
The palio horserace shows the social significance of sacrifice and the sublimation of group rivalries.
K Grabowska/kaboompics/pexels

Care to Live Long? You Might Try Reading Books

It's better to read books than bumper stickers.
K.Ramsland

Writers! 5 Ways to Tap Anxiety for Aha!

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Our brain seeks certainty to avoid anxiety, but being in the presence of uncertainty is where the creative juices flow.

Subjectivity in Art Evaluation: The Allure of the Auteur

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Joy and Pain
Is there a more subjective process than evaluating art? It turns out that one reason for this is that we value single authored art over collaborative art.
Lisa Cron

Brain Science for Writers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A story coach's new book applies the neuroscience of storytelling in a practical how-to guide for writers.

Are There Any Geniuses in the Field of Psychology?

Does psychology have any geniuses comparable to the geniuses of computer science (such as Alan Turing or Jack Kilby - who won a Nobel prize for inventing the silicon chip)?

The Healing Power of the Poetic

By Nick Mazza, Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Touch the Moon
Poetry therapy: Language, symbol and story for growth and healing through the years.

Finding Fulfillment

By Jennifer Hamady on August 08, 2016 in Finding Your Voice
Fulfillment and success aren't the result of reaching certain goals. They come from the mindset you have on the journey.

Dear Diary: True Confessions From a Diary-Keeper

My diaries give new meaning to the word "shallow." Still, they laid the foundation for my writing life.

Non-Self Characters in Lucid Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 06, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Non-self dream characters are not simple expressions of a sub-personality of the dreamer.

What Makes These 6 New Novels Unforgettable?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Creating in Flow
You probably don't remember every book you read. A novel sticks when characters are so real, emotions so genuine, that you experience the story as though an actual witness to it.

When Do Kids Get the Time to Play?

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on August 05, 2016 in Grand Rounds
The free-form, all by yourself, made up world of the little kid is super-important and increasingly ignored.

A Sort of Revelation

Are the haphazard workings of ‘Chance’, or the purposeful and controlling ‘forces’ of some cosmic ‘Design Intelligence at work in Nature?

What I Learned at the Global Positive Education Festival

By Mathew A. White Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Positive Education
My challenge to the positive education movement is to move on from excessive back slapping, address the theoretical and policy hurdles facing the field.
Pixabay

The Secrets of Wild Women

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
In this year of the first female presidential candidate ever, we should never underestimate the power of women in everything from politics to creativity.
K. Ramsland

Writer, Uninterrupted

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Constant distraction diminishes our creative power; concentrated focus allows us to experience the most profound creative state.

Tapping Into the Genius of Hamilton's Creator

By Susan Reynolds on August 01, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Have you tapped into your creative genius? The creator of Broadway's "Hamilton" reveals eight cognitive strengths that you can mine to bolster your creativity.

The Ever Unfolding Present: Dance, Music & Living in the Now

Every singular moment is a tightly textured tapestry of trajectories that began long ago and will continue long into the future. So how do we decide to move?

When Falling Brings About Great Work

In the blink of an eye, I found myself on the putty colored carpet surrounded by the shrapnel of scattered chair parts. And it was the best possible thing that could have happened.
Ronald Alexander

4 Strategies to Mindfully Enhance Everyday Creativity

Creativity is about journeying into the dark and mysterious forest of the unknown. Learn how you can begin opening the door to your core creativity and to your open-mind awareness.

Art Therapy Does Not Happen Through an Adult Coloring Book..

There is no doubt that adult coloring books can be forms of emotional grounding and relaxation, depending on the individual. But therapy is more than self-help and self-soothing.

How to Hire a Gardening Mentor

By Jennifer Haupt on July 29, 2016 in One True Thing
I had a love/hate relationship with my garden. So I hired someone who could teach me the basics of how to spend less time digging in the dirt and get better results.

Behave!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A series about the ethical standards of different fictional biographies and factual biographies of famous psychologists and scientists.The first is on John Watson & Rosalie Rayner