Essential Reads

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

Research explains the interplay between math anxiety, motivation, and learning.

In the Age Of Emoji, What's in a Word?

Emojis can be even more powerful than words.

Family Background, Creativity, and Genius

Behind the motivations of science Nobel laureates and literary prizewinners.

Do Video Games Measure IQ?

A new study suggests video games measure intelligence.

Recent Posts on Creativity

The Lost Symbol: Intention Goes Mainstream, Part One

By Alison Rose Levy on October 12, 2009 Tribal Intelligence
Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol has brought Noetic Science and the use of intention into the homes of millions of readers. Here's more about the frontier science of mind over matter.

Technology: Relationships 2.0: How Technology is Redefining How We Connect

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 08, 2009 The Power of Prime
Of all the areas of life that computer and communications technology seems to be impacting the most is its influence on relationships. The Web, mobile phones, texting, facebook, and Twitter are just a few of the ways in which relationships are being redefined, established, and maintained by technology. We have entered a new era of Relationships 2.0. My concern focuses on the more personal and social aspects of Relationships 2.0. There's no doubt that the Web has enabled people everywhere to connect and communicate like never before, but I would argue that connection alone doth not a relationship make.

Blind monks, elephants and other stories

By Mark Batey Ph.D. on October 08, 2009 Working Creativity
In the finest tradition of maintaining attention in this media, message, saturated world I am going to approach my first series of creativity blogs with a list - the twelve step programme of organizational creativity.

Stimulating Imagination Through Constraints

You've just asked yourself to write a poem. Any sort of poem. Any way you want. "Be creative," says your inner voice.No problem, right? Wrong. 

A "Hello," A "Grubby Secret" and an Invitation...

By Mark Batey Ph.D. on October 06, 2009 Working Creativity
In this post it is argued that organizational creativity holds the key to profit, which in turn drives social advancement. Creativity in organizations = profit = social advancement:  Discuss...

Savoring the Flavors of Delay

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on October 05, 2009 Don't Delay
"Is a poet still a poet if he spends most of his time sitting in a white plastic chair in his driveway? If he promises to write an introduction to a poetry anthology but avoids writing and instead riffs on poetry and poems, digressing to the point of absurdity?" A lot of writing involves an apparent delay, but it's not necessarily procrastination. 

Polanski, Evil and Creativity: Does Talent Redeem Bad Behavior?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on October 02, 2009 Evil Deeds
The recent surprise arrest in Switzerland of Oscar-winning film director and international fugitive Roman Polanski raises some fundamental questions regarding the relationship between creativity and evil. Does talent ever redeem bad behavior? Can creativity excuse evil deeds? 

Do Assholes Really Finish First?

Assholes Finish First by the self-proclaimed asshole Tucker Max was just released. This is a bold empirical claim Tucker is making. Is he right?

Is Performing Creative?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 29, 2009 Creating in Flow
Composers create music from their imaginations. And, certainly, we expect jazz performers to improvise. But what about those who perform classical music? When they play their instruments, how creative can they be? I asked Eugene Drucker, world-famous violinist with the Emerson Quartet...

Happiness and Television: What My Family Learned from "Chopped"

By Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D. on September 29, 2009 How of Happiness
Most nights, our children beg us to stage messy and elaborate food challenges – just like the ones featured on their favorite show "Chopped."

Beautiful Passions -- Primal Passions

By Peter H Kahn Jr., Ph.D. on September 28, 2009 Human-Nature
The wild ways exist in our relation to external nature. They also exist within. Both are essential parts of our human nature.

That's DR. Blossom to you: A New Child Star Stereotype

By James C Kaufman on September 28, 2009 And All That Jazz
Danica McKellar earned her B.S. in Mathematics from UCLA, has written several books promoting math for children, and has an Erdos Number of 4. Best known for The Wonder Years, she remains an actress and model and has a Bacon Number of 2. And what have YOU done recently?

Teaching Kids to "Cheat"

By Tina Seelig Ph.D. on September 26, 2009 CreativityRulz
As an educator who focuses on teaching students about innovation and entrepreneurship, I spend my time encouraging students how to find creative solutions to problems. They are urged to expand their frame of reference so that they can uncover a wider variety of solutions, to gain insights from everything and everyone they can, and to use all the tools in their midst.

Deepening Our Wild Relationship with Nature -- The Old Way

By Peter H Kahn Jr., Ph.D. on September 24, 2009 Human-Nature
I want to talk about what wildness is. I want to suggest that we need it deeply and intimately in our lives. It's part of our essential nature. It gives life meaning. Yet our interactions with the wild are becoming increasingly domesticated, and even perverted.

Steel and the grace of creativity.

By Sheila Weinstein on September 24, 2009 What Do I Do Now?
I can cope with what arises in my outer reality because my creative work provides me with my true center.

Leg Warmers, Pac Man, and Paranoid Songs

By James C Kaufman on September 22, 2009 And All That Jazz
Growing up in the 1980's wasn't always the easiest thing to do. Terrorism wasn't the ever-present threat (to the average person) that it is now, but we were still mired in a cold war, braced for nuclear attacks, and (too slowly) becoming aware of AIDS. We also, however, had some rockin' music. Not too unexpectedly, a good solid dose of paranoia can be found in many of the 80's songs that crop up on those ever-multiplying 80's music compilations.

The Limits of Listening (to Your Body)

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on September 20, 2009 What a Body Knows
Listen to your body. The phrase has lately acquired mantra-like status. We hear it everywhere, calling us to dial down our busy lives and tune in to what we are feeling; to relax and rejuvenate, to eat sensibly, exercise thoughtfully, and live well. But does this call go far enough?

Time is More Valuable than Money

By Tina Seelig Ph.D. on September 20, 2009 CreativityRulz
Each day another 24 hours is deposited into each of our “bank accounts.” We each get a choice about how to spend they hours. We can decide how much gets invested for the future, how much we spend right away, and how much we give away.

Management Rewired: What Can Brain Science Tell Us About Leadership?

By Ray Williams on September 19, 2009 Wired for Success
Research on how the human brain can affect behaviors--called neuroscience, or the popular term, brain science--has yet to be fully appreciated by leaders of organizations. That knowledge could have a significant impact on how leaders are trained and what they do.  In the past few decades, scientists have gained new and more accurate scientific views of human behavior, studying the human brain. Organizational change that takes into account the physiological nature of the brain and ways that predisposes people to resist or cooperate with leaders can be extremely useful for leaders.

Seven Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs With ADHD

So, you just found out that you (or an employee) have ADHD, or are ADHDish (that is, you have a few symptoms of ADHD). What do you do now?

Our Social Obligation: Educational Opportunity, not Coercion

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 16, 2009 Freedom to Learn
Children educate themselves. Children are biologically built for self-education. Their instincts to explore; to observe; to eavesdrop on the conversations of their elders; to ask countless questions; and to play with the artifacts, ideas, and skills of the culture all serve ...

3 New Facts About Creativity

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 14, 2009 Creating in Flow
You can never know everything there is to know about creativity, but if you're open to learning a few new facets about this misunderstood topic, read on.

Better than Dope: Natural Highs the Cutting Edge of Mood Alteration

By Harvey Milkman Ph.D. on September 14, 2009 Better than Dope
 The aim of this blog is to examine the positive and negative sides of pleasure. Cognitive restructuring, mindfulness and positive psychology are discussed as means to the achievement of happiness and fulfillment.

Remembering Larry Gelbart, Jim Carroll, and Norman Borlaug

By James C Kaufman on September 14, 2009 And All That Jazz
I tend to notice who has passed - from the superstars to the lesser known folks. Every so often I will write some notes about creative folks we have lost recently. Today, I will discuss Larry Gelbart, Jim Carroll, and Norman Borlaug.

What makes people want to play Rock Band and Guitar Hero?

By Gary Marcus Ph.D. on September 14, 2009 Kluge
In some ways, Guitar Hero™ and Rock Band™ seem like the stupidest games on earth. What makes people want to play them?

Creativity: Here, There, and Everywhere

By James C Kaufman on September 11, 2009 And All That Jazz
Creativity is everywhere and all around us, like oxygen but with more subjective properties.

Love, Lust, and Creativity

Love and creativity are intimately connected. Many lovers have expressed their love and talent through creative display, sometimes to embarassing results! But what about lust? Does lust drive someone to the same heights of creativity?