Essential Reads

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!

4 Ways Your Front Yard Can Make You Happier

By Jamie Littlefield on November 18, 2016 in Placed
Re-thinking your front yard may result in an unanticipated sense of well-being.

Neuroscience Research Shows How Mood Impacts Perception

According to a new theory of attention and mood, the happier you are, the more you see of the world. Here’s why, and what your brain has to do with it.

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The Other Einstein—Was There One?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Singletons
At what point can a writer legitimately cross the line between fact and fiction?

Drawing Is a Simple, Powerful Way to Improve Your Mood

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on September 12, 2016 in Minding the Body
When you're in a bad mood, drawing for just 15 minutes may lift your spirits. But to maximize the benefit, there are a couple of things you need to do, a recent study shows.

The Pleasures and Perils of Writing a Revealing Memoir

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Creating in Flow
A memoir can be written by anyone, yet the best ones are authored by those who have learned to dig deep and write what others might fear to.

Connecting in the Land of Dementia

By The Book Brigade on September 08, 2016 in The Author Speaks
It’s possible to connect with those who have dementia. The trick is to select activities that call on powers of creativity and communication that bypass rational thinking.
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What Keeps Us Glued to the Screen?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
New TV series, Notorious, should inspire conversations about the entanglements of news, crime, and viewers.

You're Awesome! How Sarcasm Enhances Creativity

By Drew Boyd on September 07, 2016 in Inside the Box
A sarcastic remark is a creative act. Used appropriately, it can boost the creative output of both sender and receiver.

Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

By Nir Eyal on September 06, 2016 in Automatic You
New research helps explains how to Conquer Distractions With This Simple Chart

Dear Actor (or Artist), What You do is Invaluable

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on September 06, 2016 in Quite Queerly
Actors, and all artists, develop their own voices so as to inspire the voices of other people. And in that sense, one can practice their artistic craft in everything they do.
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Serendipity and the Serial Killer

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A series of coincidences made possible a unique approach to a serial killer's narrative.

Black Wave: Alcoholism, Creativity, and Today’s Truth

By Ariel Gore on September 05, 2016 in Women and Happiness
"The similarities between being a writer and an alcoholic far outweigh the differences. They both seem to spring from what may be a glitch in my neurochemistry." —Michelle Tea
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Top 5 Benefits of a Geek-Out

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A Geek-Out goes beyond what any tour guide can tell you, because you seek a direct experience of the subject you embrace.

The Thin Line Between Fiction and Fact

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A new novel about the relationship of Einstein and his wife Mileva, told from her point of view, strays too far from the truth.

Dreams of Finding Treasure

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Unearthing buried treasure in your dream may predict a period of creativity in your life

Left Brain, Right Brain, Whole Brain: 9 Creative Tips

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
One of these new guides for creatives may offer you the precise bit of advice you need to engage with the work that means the world to you.

How is the Creative Process an Act of Faith?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Sometimes, in the process of making art, an obstacle is the path, and creativity is an act of faith.

Why Art Therapy Works

What makes art therapy "work" has eluded the profession—until recently. Researchers have constructed a five-part model that summarizes the key factors.

Conceptual Art and Health

This summer, culture consumers were reassured by the retraction of a faulty scientific study: no need to worry about formaldehyde overexposure from fine art installations...

A Wolfe in False Clothing

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Pura Vida
Tom Wolfe reveals himself as a passable if annoying writer, but someone who is profoundly ignorant of basic science.
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10 Puzzles to Test Your Thinking in Multiple Ways

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Brain Workout
Arithmetic may be frustrating, but figuring out how numbers form relations is stimulating. These puzzles will activate inferential and reasoning processes in tandem.

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

Of all the novels on this list, how many have you read and enjoyed? Which books aren't here that you regard as essential? (Why aren't Hemingway or Melville here? I'm not a fan...)
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What If Jack the Ripper Lived With You?

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 27, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
An early tale based on Jack the Ripper shows the subtle way in which people see only what they need to see.

Road Rage: A Second "Free-Range" Intervention

What is real power? It is acting like the biggest dog on the road.

News From the 2016 Annual Dreams Conference

This year's IASD conference included talks on jihadi dreams, emotional processing, gender differences, social cognition, and existential dreams of "sublime disquietude."

How “Good Stress” Helps Creativity in the Workplace

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Not all stress is equal. Which stressful factors can contribute to an employee's creativity and innovation?

Playing Games With Memory

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Play in Mind
New technology makes it less urgent that we commit facts to memory.

Siena’s Sublimation of Neighborhood Rivalries

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in The Me in We
The palio horserace shows the social significance of sacrifice and the sublimation of group rivalries.
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Care to Live Long? You Might Try Reading Books

It's better to read books than bumper stickers.
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Writers! 5 Ways to Tap Anxiety for Aha!

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Our brain seeks certainty to avoid anxiety, but being in the presence of uncertainty is where the creative juices flow.

Subjectivity in Art Evaluation: The Allure of the Auteur

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Joy and Pain
Is there a more subjective process than evaluating art? It turns out that one reason for this is that we value single authored art over collaborative art.
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Brain Science for Writers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
A story coach's new book applies the neuroscience of storytelling in a practical how-to guide for writers.