Essential Reads

Why We Need To Structure Our Days Differently Than We Think

Are you using your brain as effectively as you could be? A few changes can go a long way.

Should You "Write First, Edit Later"?

One of the most common pieces of writing advice is "write first, edit later," but does this work for everybody?

Right Brain and Left Brain Share Duties On "As Needed" Basis

By Christopher Bergland on September 17, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Growing evidence debunks the myth of creativity being seated in the "right brain." A new Duke study illuminates how the left brain and right brain can share duties when necessary.

New Book: How to Write a Forever Letter

By Jennifer Haupt on September 15, 2017 in One True Thing
In this age of emoji communication, why bother handwriting a letter? Find out.

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Money and a Room of One’s Own

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 20, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
The Bank of England has unveiled a ten pound note celebrating Jane Austen. Virginia Woolfe also has some insightful messages, still relevant today, about money and women writers.
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The Style of Innovation: Elon Musk vs. Nikola Tesla

By John Nosta on July 17, 2017 in The Digital Self
Big and bold might just be the type of thinking that can also kill innovation.

Is Genius Inherited?

It is usually assumed that genius is a completely inherited attribute but experimental studies vary. This study shows that strong motivation and inheritance play a critical role.

The 100-Year Plan

By Kaja Perina on July 13, 2017 in Brainstorm
Psychology Today is 50 years old! The next 50 years will bring the ability not just to quantify but also to alter the brain—the golden age of behavioral science is just beginning.

Writer's Anxiety

By Amy Green M.A. on July 13, 2017 in Psy-curious
Anxiety can make academic writing tasks feel daunting. What's contributing to these writing worries and what can we do about them?

Craving More Meaningful Trips?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 12, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Guest blogger and constant traveler Steven Barber reviews an unusual travel guide, one that helps you figure yourself out in order to plan and take better trips.

Michael McGrady is a Chip off the Old Block

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“If I’m going to die, I’m going to die living.”

Picking Paint Colors

Use science to select colors that are "just right" for your rooms.
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Jack the Ripper Was Not ‘He’ But ‘They’

Distinctly different approach to identifying Jack the Ripper looks at groups that advocate violence for social manipulation.

Summer Reading

Breaking waves and beach houses are lovely, but nothing says summer like a day in the sun with a tote full of books.

Celebrate Human Creativity with the Abundance Mentality

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
If the complexities and volatility of the world seem bewildering, what can you do for your own health and well-being? Do you have a scarcity mentality? Is change possible?

Creative Solutions arise when Minds are Free to Roam

An overworked brain is like overworked muscles—pretty much useless.

Julia Glass Talks About "Overnight" Success and New Novel

By Jennifer Haupt on July 05, 2017 in One True Thing
Is fame and fortune really rewarding? Sustainable? The author of "A House Among the Trees" explores the perils of success.

Creativity—what's Curiosity Got to Do with It?

Are inquiring minds creative minds?

Three Steps to Elevate Your Perspective

Finding new perspectives is hard to do even in slow times. Today, it takes conscious effort. Here are the steps to take to see new things and gain new insights.

Three New Findings on Intelligence and Giftedness

Some brand new findings on human intelligence and giftedness from the International Society for Intelligence Research.

Paul Booth’s Dark Path to Enlightenment

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“The tattoo becomes an exorcism of sorts.”

Imagination Is More Important than Knowledge? No, It's Not.

You can't be a good shot-putter without lungs. And you can't be a good physicist without knowledge.

Why Do I Make Circles?

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in Couch and Stage
While visiting Konya, Turkey, an artist who photographs circles, meets "the grandson" of the mystical poet, Rumi, and reflects upon the experience of being a refugee.

Running for a Song

How do you write a song? someone asks. I am new to this game, and am almost embarrassed to answer: “I go for a run.”

The Wall

By Frances Kuffel on June 30, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
Regret piled up on regret until I had to hurt physically to match the internal stream of ache.

One Weird Trick to a Stress-Free Independence Day

Want to avoid stress over the holidays? This one weird trick goes a long way!

Why I Left Academia to Write Fantasy Books

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on June 30, 2017 in College Confidential
Stuck in a career rut? Here's how my weekend hobby rewrote my future.

Tips to Fire Up Your Creativity

The greatest artists recognize that the most original ideas actually come from the core of our being, which is accessed through an “open-mind consciousness".

Coloring, Doodling and Drawing: Recent Research

Art therapy's research "romance" with coloring, doodling and drawing as self-regulation continues. Learn more about the latest research.

David and Goliath: When Sports Inspire National Pride

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
When a small country beats a massive country in sport, we can all take inspiration from that.

What Are We Missing in Today’s Conflicts?

The missing link in too many current conflicts--and what you can do about it.

The Psychology of the Curated Closet

How cleaning out our closets can ease our minds and de-clutter our lives, while helping our wallets.

The Arts as an Opportunity for Psychological Research

All children, all over the world, engage in dance, music, dramatic pretend play, and art. How can psychologists use this opportunity to study child development in the real world?

Does Chess Instruction Improve Math Ability?

Chess instruction seems to have promise as an educational intervention. Can playing chess transfer to something like math problem-solving ability?