Essential Reads

Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

So, What Is Distraction Again?

Distraction and mind-wandering may seem like interchangeable terms, but they're not. It's worth pondering what our brain is doing when it seems to be doing nothing.

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

Being Creative About Staying Creative

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
Keeping an open mind about — and asking more from — brain training

More Posts on Creativity

Perfectionism: Benefit or Detriment to Performers?

Rather than being a key to optimal musical growth, research suggests that a perfectionist mindset may in fact derail an aspiring musician's development altogether.

How Shame Suffocates Love and Creativity

Shame is a master emotion that stifles our aliveness and creativity. This article explores toxic shame and offers ways to heal the shame that often lurks in the background.

The Imagery Edge--Part II

How can a cucumber decrease tension? Maybe you've imagined the answer. Three stories illustrate our unique, individualized ways of using imagery for optimal performance.

Leaders: It is Critically Important You Read This!

How to Balance Encouraging Team Innovation and Yet Be Critical About Ideas Presented.

From Masochism to Mastery in Creative Fields

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on December 09, 2015 Tracking Wonder
Whether you excel in a creative field has largely to do with problems. Namely, how you respond to them. Every big idea begets a series of challenges and problems.

The Evolution of Music: A Bonding Effect?

New research explores why singing brings us closer together

Overcoming Bulimia Is Possible

By Marty Babits on December 09, 2015 The Middle Ground
Learning to become a therapist requires the acquisition of many subtle skill sets.

5 Ways to Crystallize Your Intelligence Around Writing

By Susan Reynolds on December 08, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
To excel at writing, crystallize intelligence specific to the task, i.e., bolster neuronal connections related to writing and your topic.

Early Education

This month we conclude our discussion of education with “Education – Part II.” The emphasis is how to enhance education by mobilizing the positive affects.


Educational philosophy and policy have spawned a massive literature and a huge variety of alternative methods. So what does education and educate mean?

An Interview with Susan Firestone

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on December 04, 2015 Sensoria
Throughout the world, there is a need to tell stories. This manifests in the objects we see left behind or preserved in some way.

Top 10 Tips for Loving ADD Women

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on December 03, 2015 The Gift of ADHD
There is a whole art and science to using persuasion rather than directives. The key is to shift to the person’s own motivation for what you are asking.

Inside Creativity

How do we (really) keep our creative momentum?

Adele's Hello: Meaning Making in Secular Ways

How does one making meaning and life an excellent life in today's world? Adele and other artists shine light into those dark corners.

Efficacy and Confidence in the Mentally Ill

Common sense, reasoning and emotional intelligence are qualities often diminished in the psychotic mentally ill. The clinician may augment these through psychotherapy.

As Easy as Apple Pie

By Susan Hooper on November 29, 2015 Detours and Tangents
After a bad experience with a pie crust, I learned the value of keeping it simple and trusting my instincts. I also discovered you can learn a lot about life from making a pie.

Review of Windt's book on dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Dream Catcher
Windt expertly and systematically reviews the latest research on the nature of dreams.

The Bloody, Secret Life Of Theories

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Language in the Mind
To the lay-person, the Academy is the venue where research is focused, with almost saintly zeal, on pursuing truth. But academic research is always framed in terms of a prevailing theory, which, like cultures, and people, are social phantasms, that come with baggage, good, bad and downright ugly.

What If Your Mom Wore a Bone in Her Nose?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 Creating in Flow
When an anthropologist goes native and marries a woman from the Amazonian Rainforest, their son's story of growing up makes for fascinating reading.

In Discussing "Youth," Jane Fonda Touches on "Superfluidity"

Jane Fonda recently described the awe-inspiring aspects of having a peak experience while discussing her upcoming movie 'Youth.'

Imagination in Action: Interview With Shaun McNiff

Imagination in action is about accepting the struggles, mistakes and failures and realizing that they are all part of the challenging process of personal transformation. Put down that coloring book and give yourself the gift of spontaneous, authentic, creative expression.

How to Feng Shui Your Workspace

By Caroline Beaton on November 21, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
The science behind your office environment.

7 Ways Meditation Supercharges Your Brain

By Susan Reynolds on November 20, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
Pausing daily, or at least regularly, to meditate can have amazing benefits for your brain, from increasing brain volume, to boosting focus and supercharging neurons. Here’s the lowdown on 7 long-term brain benefits.

What Can Wounded Storytellers Teach Us?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 The Empowerment Diary
Many memoirs are based on the author's experience with illness, trauma or the loss of a loved one. Narrative writing is one way to make sense of difficult times. Writing also facilitates reflection on lived experiences. Sharing our stories helps us heal, and also helps readers navigate their own journey.

Have You Had a Good Argument Recently?

Engaging in constructive controversy will not only make your day more enjoyable and interesting, but it has the potential to improve your decision making, increase your creativity, and raise the level of your cognitive and moral reasoning.

Why Innovation Is So Hard

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on November 16, 2015 Innovation You
If you really want to innovate, you need to make it a deliberate part of your process. You can't start at the moment innovation happens, but you can create an environment of constructive conflict where risks are taken, and efforts are honestly evaluated.

Culture Is Not a Luxury

The history of humanity is known and understood through the arts and artifacts left behind.

Do You Like Reading Poetry and Getting Caught in the Rain?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 12, 2015 Open Gently
Metaphorical thinking and sarcasm can be good for you.

Fire Up Your Neuronal Network

By Susan Reynolds on November 12, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
Meditation serves as a gateway between the everyday lives we lead and our innermost selves, that which makes us unique and feels most authentic to who we are—in life, and in art. The more access we have to the innermost, sacred parts of our self, the more we are able to express what matters most to us in our work.

Imagination Is Another Way to Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 12, 2015 On Having Fun
Any use of the imagination strengthens our imagination, any use teaches us how to imagine more vividly, more creatively, more decision-makingly. For fun, for profit, and/or life.