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

Movies in Mind: Our Addiction to the Screen

By studying the allure of movies, we can learn much about how the mind works.

How to Stay at the Top of Your Game

Self care is important if you're going to be your best self, whether personally or professionally. Some quick ways to do it right now.

Six Reasons Pop Singers Pronounce Some Lyrics in Odd Ways

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 What Shapes Film?
Why do some pop singers pronounce words in songs in idiosyncratic ways, or seem to pick up or lose accents when they sing?

Creativity Is Memory

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 Ulterior Motives
Do you remember the shock you had (perhaps as a teenager) when you realized that all of the characters in your dreams are part of your own memories? Even though, the things they say seem to come from someone else, they have to reflect information from your own memory and experiences.

Criticizing Personal Autonomy

The free person is not the angry loner, willfully standing apart from those who would sap his energies. Nor is she the enthusiastic manager of others, who directs and controls their behaviors - and reaps the satisfactions of her manipulations. Free people are those who recognize the legitimacy of other people’s participation in their own lives

Purkinje Cells Burst to Life with State-Dependent Excitation

Neuroscientists have discovered that Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum toggle between a silent "down" state and a bursting "up" state depending on levels of electrical activity.

The Age of Decentralized, Distributed Knowledge

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Jacob's Staff
For centuries, the flow of information has followed the structure of organizations. This is no longer true. What changes have resulted from the explosion in connectivity and information-sharing? How are organizations and leadership struggling to cope? How will our lives be affected? What can we learn from the resistance to innovation/change?

Is Dance Religious?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 What a Body Knows
Is dance religious? The question has always troubled me. It presumes a definition of religion (as separate from dance) that has already proven instrumental in the attempted destruction of dance traditions around the globe. I prefer a different question: Is religion dance? Take the case of Ron Brown's dance "Journey of Great Mystery."

How to Take on a Challenge

By Jen Kim on September 30, 2015 Valley Girl With a Brain
What does it take to make the impossible possible?

Bilateral Drawing: Self-Regulation for Trauma Reparation

Current trauma research indicates that bilateral stimulation in the form of eye movement desensitization (EMDR) and similar methods are effective for many individuals. But is there a more creative way to engage cross-hemisphere activity for reparation and recovery?

6 Things You’re Saying To Yourself That Are Holding You Back

By Mridu Khullar Relph on September 29, 2015 Culturally Incorrect
What are the things you say to yourself when no one’s listening? Recognize any of these?

Famous Replacement Children

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on September 28, 2015 In Flux
The replacement child is the product of many factors including unresolved parental grief, survivor guilt, and the search for an identity of their own apart from a deceased sibling. However, their special gifts and talents may set famous replacement children apart, helping them to creatively forge their own unique identity.

The Greatest Innovations Are the Ones You Don't See

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Innovation You
True innovation happens behind-the-scenes. Sure, new technologies and products and services that we perceive as breakthrough advancements look exciting, but the meaningful innovation is in the larger, more complicated processes that make those things possible.

Improve Your Memory: The Case Against Crosswords and Google

Do crosswords help improve cognitive functioning, or are you just strengthening a strength? And if you can’t recall some bit of information, should Google always be the answer?

Demons, Drivers and Defenses

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 25, 2015 A Sideways View
Does therapy destroy as much as it creates? Can your demons act as a wonderful source of inspiration? Or is that nonsense? Surely therapy is aimed at making us happier, healthier and better able to cope with the vicissitudes of life?

Hatch Your Creativity

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Digital Altruism
Is it time to activate your creativity? Here's five factors to help you hatch!

"Sparking Creativity": Where Education Should Be Headed

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Inside Parenting
Why - and how - we can foster creativity in education? Thought leaders offer their take.

Yogi Berra’s Mis-Quotes: Why They’re So Comically Endearing

On the advent of Yogi Berras’ passing this week at the age of 90, it seemed fitting for me to pay tribute to him here. But not so much for his being a sterling Hall of Fame catcher who helped lead his beloved Yankees to ten World Series victories, as for his wacky but so “winning” malapropisms—which over the years have delighted millions. . . .

Viola Davis Matters

Onscreen storytelling is only enhanced by diversity, both in front of and behind the camera. Letting a variety of people into our imaginations and our lives often yields huge rewards.

Art Therapy With Sex Offenders: Exposing the Fragile Self

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on September 24, 2015 Art on Trial
Guest blogger Cindy Chen focuses on the challenges of using art therapy with sex offenders to identify treatment barriers, build alliances and establish resiliency, and even to work with her own counter-transferential issues.

Scoping Out Sticky Songs

What makes songs too sticky? Exploring earworms—what they are and how you can get rid of them.

Mad Genius: Schizophrenia and Creativity

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 23, 2015 Hide and Seek
What, if anything, is the link between psychosis and creativity?

Why Study Coincidences? Part 2

Meaningful coincidences can jolt us into examining our own minds and our relationship with the world in which our minds are immersed.

Why Study Coincidences? Part 1

Coincidences are useful in ways most people never consider. Once you become aware of them, you realize what a recurrent part of life they are. They are intertwined with so many of the things we hold to be important.

Lost Girls

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Shadow Boxing
Reading one of Joyce Carol Oates's story collections brings a jarring sense of what people are capable of, in the form of adolescent girls.

The Analyst and the Author

By Pythia Peay on September 21, 2015 America On The Couch
I was well into my second decade of analysis when I hit a wall in my freelance writing career. It was early 2000, and, gathering my courage, I’d submitted a query to George magazine—with its marriage of politics and celebrity, one of the coolest “glossies” on the newsstands at the time—only to have it politely rejected.

The Question Is the Answer

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Innovation You
In order to be great questioners, we need to be flexible, willing to look at the same thing through multiple points of view and cultural lenses. Most important, though, are our patience and tolerance.

Creativity Breeds Overconfidence

By Drew Boyd on September 21, 2015 Inside the Box
Creative types revel in their superpowers, but it can lead to overconfidence. The most creative ideas aren't necessarily the best ones. Here are five ways to avoid overconfidence bias.

Dear Diary: Want To Hear a Secret?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 20, 2015 Creating in Flow
Dear Diary Day (Sept. 22) ought to be every day, especially for writers. Get the habit of making notes in a journal, whether for your future self, or to enrich your next writing project. All you need is an open mind and a seductive notebook at hand.

Doing These Two Things Will Boost Your Well-Being

By Jason Powers M.D. on September 18, 2015 Beyond Abstinence
Out of 24 character strengths possessed in varying degrees by each of us, two of them hold up on their own as predictors of well-being. Here are a couple sure-fire ways to take control of your own well-being.