Essential Reads

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Ironically and tragically, rather than adapt our educational system to the needs of our modern times we have doubled down on the old system, so it is ...

What Makes for a "Happy School?"

It's a simple idea, really. Children learn when they're happy. And they're happy when they have control over what and how they learn. Meet Sugata Mitra, who makes it happen.

Do Scientific Fields Differ in Their Influence?

Whether we like it or not, there is definitely a hierarchy of influence among the social sciences.

Your Brain and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Time for spring cleaning? You can straighten up your house as much as you like, but you might want to leave a little disorder in your brain.

More Posts on Creativity

Is the Subtle Omnipresence of Plants Key in Optimal Living?

Plants provide a surprisingly powerful key to optimal living.

In the "Murder Mood"

Book by British curator describes historic counterpart to today's crime-time hosts.

Does the Cerebellum Fine-Tune Complex Cerebral Functions?

Two recent studies have illuminated various ways that the "non-thinking" cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") may be involved in complex cerebral thinking.

The Imaginative, Idiosyncratic and Schizotypal Manager

What is Schizotypal Personality Disorder? Can you be a little schizotypal? Is this disorder related to creativity?

Can Laughter Be an Antibiotic for Pain?

Have you ever had a horrible day? A day that’s so horrible it’s funny? What is it exactly that turns life’s problems into punch lines?

Group Think and Academia: Shocking Shakespeare Shenanigans

Why does the authorship question matter? What are the new discoveries about Shakespeare?

Tic Tock: Reflections on Tourette Syndrome Over Time

Who Knew it was Tourette Syndrome?

Building Bridges: Music Therapy in Hospice Care

The practice of including music therapy as a hospice and palliative care treatment option began to grow significantly beginning on the 1990s. Here's how music therapists help.

Play Life More Beautifully: A Meeting With Seymour Bernstein

By Mark Matousek on March 08, 2016 Ethical Wisdom
In a new book and documentary, Seymour Bernstein, the legendary pianist and teacher, explains why music is a metaphor for life, and how each us can locate his essential passion

Should You Trust Your Insight?

By Garth Sundem on March 08, 2016 Brain Trust
Without really knowing where an insight solution comes from, can you trust it?

Why You and Your Kids Should be Involved in a Play

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 08, 2016 How To Do Life
Whether on stage or behind the scenes, theatre is so often not just fun but transformative.

The Conscious Company and Other Myths

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 07, 2016 Innovation You
Like a good, difficult question, consciousness is not a single problem that is solved once: it continues onward and gains complexity over time.

Stretching Your Legs Is Good for Your Mind

Get up out of that chair and lace on your walking shoes!

Imagination and the Diametric Model of Mental Illness

Imagination is the facet of autism that best accounts for its male-biased sex ratio, and higher genetic risk of schizophrenia is associated with enhanced imagination.

Sex, Sense and Sensuality

Writing about sex and sensuality opens up one's perspective in new ways, improving writing and enhancing life.

7 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Child's Education

Wondering about the best way you can support your child in his/her growth and development? We've got the answers.

The Power of Movement

Three scientific studies appeared this week, trumpeting the “power of movement” in combating death, depression, and disease. Is knowing this information enough?

Expressive Arts Therapy and Windows of Tolerance

The process of recovery happens by taking small steps that can be safely tolerated rather than stretching one’s limits.

A Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences (Part 2)

Focusing on the apparent low probability of the current coincidence can cause us to incorrectly estimate its actual probability.

10 Clever Wordplay Puzzles to Challenge Your Brain

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 28, 2016 Brain Workout
Does reversing letters in some words create new meanings? Find out with ten puzzles to challenge your verbal imagination.

Are You In Need of Bibliotherapy?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on February 27, 2016 Trouble in Mind
The allure of books has been recognized for centuries. But why is fiction so therapeutic? Can you take advantage of this and buy novels instead of therapy sessions?

Wellbeing: Why Won't It Stick?

What can we learn from David Cooperrider, Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, Sir Anthony Seldon, Scott Barry Kaufman at the Festival of Positive Education in Dallas July 2016?

Rob Levit on Mentoring and Creating Communities

The future of mental health interview series continues with Rob Levit on mentoring and creating communities.

Gail McMeekin on Coaching, Empowerment and Success

The future of mental health interview series continues with Gail McMeekin on coaching, empowerment and success

Breaking News: Writing is Hard!

By Dennis Palumbo on February 19, 2016 Hollywood on the Couch
Some claim that there is a link between creativity and mental health problems, but is this really true?

Why We Need Children's Museums

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on February 19, 2016 Inside Parenting
Young kids lives are over-scheduled, over-structured and over-supervised. Where else can they roam unattended, explore how they want, and touch and manipulate without critique?

How to Review a Book

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 18, 2016 One Among Many
You know that Oprah didn’t read all those books on her list. She’s a businesswoman, not a book reviewer. In this post, I offer a few pointers on how to become the latter.

The Power of Seeing Ourselves in Literature

By Ariel Gore on February 18, 2016 Women and Happiness
Young Latinas and queer youth need more stories "told by us about us" to provide hope and to help each other survive. Ariel Gore interviews novelist Gabby Rivera.

Novelists Handle Big Topics (and Grab Readers) with Finesse

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 17, 2016 Creating in Flow
Secrets fill the pages of suspenseful novels, while in real life, secrets cause real damage.

A New Look at Visual Thinking

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on February 16, 2016 Rethinking Thought
It's time to move beyond general praise of visual thinking to consider all the different forms it can take.