Essential Reads

Playing With Politics vs. Playing Politics

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Play in Mind
Is the game of politics play?

Purposeful Quirks Can Help You Build a Can-Do Attitude

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Creating in Flow
I interviewed dozens of famous writers and wrote a book about them. One of the nicest was Carolyn See. Read my interview with her now.

Manipulating Memory With the Mind's Eye

New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.

Seeking Idea Sparks

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Our Innovating Minds
What helps us as inspiration seekers?

More Posts on Creativity

Blocked as a Writer or Artist? 5 Keys to Moving Forward

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 18, 2016 in Prescriptions for Life
Becoming a successful writer or creative artist is much more than just making good work. It's the head games that will ultimately make or break you: here's how to win.

Autism and Creativity

By Barb Cohen on December 18, 2016 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Autism is associated with rigid thinking, restricted interests, and a literal interpretation of speech and behavior. How could a person with these traits possibly be creative?

Introduction to 52 Ways to Show "I Love You"

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 18, 2016 in Life, Refracted
In hopes that people will explore ways to more sensitively and effectively love and be loved by each other, each Sunday throughout 2017 I will explore a way to express love.

Storytelling Enhances the Influence of Science-Based Writing

By Christopher Bergland on December 16, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Writing in a narrative style—that includes storytelling and sensory language—makes scientific studies on climate change more engaging and impactful, according to a new study.

Anxiety About the Holidays?

By Rick Miller LICSW on December 16, 2016 in Unwrapped
Putting the “new” in New Year!
National Endowment for the Arts

Multidimensional Characters and Research Constructs

By Sunil Iyengar on December 15, 2016 in The Value of Art
Can the books we read or the films we watch make us better people? Researchers are trying to find out.

How Mishkin Fitzgerald Emerged From the Darkness

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Mishkin Fitzgerald has never been one to take a conventional path...

Why Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do for the Henry Millers

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 14, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Whether it’s the result of a conscious breakup, a casual drifting, a change in life circumstances or even death - relationships that we have formed will at some point end...

When Is a Box More Than a Box?

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on December 13, 2016 in Keep It in Mind
When is a box more than a box? Gift giving, creativity and imagination

Red, Green, and Blue, for the Holidays

Use science-based insights when you decorate this holiday season.

Savoring Joy: Slow Down Time

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on December 12, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you find that time goes too quickly? One way to slow down time is to recount the memories of our past. This can be done through writing and also by being mindful of each minute.
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Do Psychiatrists Write Good Novels?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on December 12, 2016 in On Call
Novels by psychiatrists - here are three good ones!

Twin Research and the Arts: How Are They Connected?

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on December 10, 2016 in Twofold
Which comes first? The science or the work of art?

A Science-y Take on Time Travel Needn't Break Your Brain

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Time travel isn't possible, says science, unless some currently unimaginable things happen. But don't let that dim your pleasure in the fantasy. An expert guide helps.

Start a Bonfire of Change

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
Do you feel your company is becoming less competitive? Identify your Progenitors, the people who act like sparks to ignite bonfires of change.

Dreaming in the Library of Babel

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Borges' story describes the plight of librarians seeking to understand an infinite library containing both gibberish and useful information.

Holiday Party Attire: Captivate Through Creativity and Class

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
Out of the office but on the clock? Take advantage of the opportunity to dress to impress, making your holiday party the most wonderful workplace celebration of the year.

Excellence Gaps In Education: A Major, But Solvable, Problem

Are talented but disadvantaged students performing lower than their full potential? And if so, what can we do to help them?

Poetry In a Time of Crisis

Poetry is a place where we can preserve our imaginations, as well as necessary silence.

Deadlines and the Pacing of Creative Projects

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
What pacing best gives your creative process the space and freedom it needs?

Finding Gratitude in Mistakes

By Julie K. Hersh on December 03, 2016 in Struck By Living
Are you having trouble coping with the holiday family get togethers? This might help.

New Fun Ways to Share Art with Kids

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Most kids love to fool around with diverse art materials. Go a step further by helping them appreciate great art while encouraging their own creativity. It's surprisingly easy.

Are Humans "Born to Move"?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"

Art Therapy and Fear: Acknowledging the Dread

When fear is the dominant narrative, a few creative practices may help. Here are some recommendations for assisting those most vulnerable to trauma at this critical time.

The Dangerous “Reveries” of HBO's Westworld Series

By Amy Fries on November 28, 2016 in The Power of Daydreaming
What do Stephen Hawking and HBO's new series Westworld have in common? Dire warnings of ways in which artificial intelligence can learn to out-maneuver us.

Need a Creativity Boost? Try This New Multi-Pronged Approach

By Christopher Bergland on November 28, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Groundbreaking research pinpoints the building blocks of creativity. If you want to increase your creative activity—this multi-faceted checklist can serve as a valuable resource.

Writing the Truth With Empathy and Ethics

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Rebecca Skloot’s masterpiece on Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa story is also a study in the difficult art of sticking to the facts.

A Hopeful Right Turn in Treating Addictions

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Listen Up!
Tired of the unhelpful stigma and shaming surrounding addiction treatment? Here's a different approach.

For Christmas, I Gave My Child An Empty Box

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
This Black Friday, avoid the mall. Instead, give your child gifts this Christmas that build real creativity and are good for them, physically and intellectually.

Where Do Creative Ideas Come From?

By Drew Boyd on November 21, 2016 in Inside the Box
Mankind has used patterns for thousands of years to solve problems and innovate. Learn how to reapply those patterns to anything you want to innovate.