Essential Reads

Punk Music Isn't "Bad"

Extreme music can help regulate emotions (if you like it).

Creative Concerns

Uncertainty and bias against creative ideas

You May Not Persist Long Enough in Creative Tasks

More effort generating creative ideas is generally rewarded.

When Music Becomes Language

Neuroimaging Reveals How the Jazz Masters See Music Differently

Recent Posts on Creativity

Can Watching a Film Character Sniff Make You Sniff?

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on June 11, 2015 in What Shapes Film?
Can watching a film character take a sniff elicit sniffing behavior in the audience? And if so, how might we explain this response?

Get Your Groove Back in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on June 09, 2015 in Splitopia
When you’re in the fever pitch of crisis, you need to access your best self to survive it. Sociologist Christine Carter talks about her new book, and how cultivating ease can help in hard times such as divorce.

Test and Train Creativity With Just One Word

By Garth Sundem on June 09, 2015 in Brain Candy
Your creativity depends as much on choosing to think creatively as it does on some intrinsic, natural gift.

Sorry, Emoji Doesn't Make You Dumber

By Vyv Evans Ph.D. on June 08, 2015 in Language in the Mind
Far from emoji dragging us back to the dark ages, their advent has helped recalibrate our emotional intelligence: digital communication is catching up with the repertoire of communicative tools we have in the spoken medium. Emoji is an empowering addition to the hitherto, primarily, textual format in the digital arena.

From Brand to Brand New: How to Re-Create Your Brand

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on June 08, 2015 in Innovation You
Brand is of little value if it lacks innovation that makes it valuable. You can wait for a crisis to drive you forward like Chrysler or you can just do it, but that's another story.

When Your Mind Wanders

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 08, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Why do our minds wander and what do we think about when we are unable to concentrate on what we are doing? Research into mind wandering suggests that it isn't quite the time waster that people often believe it to be. A new review article suggests that mind wandering may have evolved as a way of making us more creative.

Teachers Should Reward Questions, Not Just Answers

By Hal Gregersen on June 05, 2015 in The Curiosity Deficit
How encouraging children to ask questions can increase their capability to innovate.

3 Steps to a Music-Enhanced Workout

Music can help make your workouts more efficient and effective (if used correctly). Here's how.

How to Write your Way to Bliss

Writing is healing and transformative especially if practiced during challenging times. It is a good way to give voice to your feelings and also helps foster awareness. It is a way to tap into our feelings to understand our true sentiments so that we may move forward with our lives. Writing encourages mindfulness which is a healthy way towards well-being.

The Insight Stance

Perhaps there is a way to boost insights. The Insight Stance is a mindset we can adopt to prepare ourselves to make discoveries. In contrast to other mindsets such as being critical of new ideas,or letting our minds wander, the Insight Stance is an active and curious approach to encounters and events. It uses the pathways that lead to insights.

When an Introvert's Brain Stops Producing

When your identity is all tied up in your fertile mind, a creative slump can feel like the end of the world.

The Boy Genius and the Genius in All of Us

In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, Tom Clynes tells a fascinating story about a boy’s pursuit of a passionate interest in nuclear physics, and draws some surprising conclusions about the nature and development of genius-level intelligence. Clynes considers the roles played not only by innate ability and environmental factors, but also by temperament, culture, and politics.

A Workover: A Communications Person Wants More Creativity

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Tapping Into Your Omniscient Narrator

Writing about yourself in the third person narrative is a remedy for tunnel vision, offering an elevated, compassionate perspective on your life.

Ten Years of Rural Life

Ten years ago this week, Geoff and I were packing our belongings. We had bought a farm, sold our house, and were preparing to move to a place where we had no friends, no family, no connections, no jobs—a place where we had been only once before, two weeks earlier. What would our new rural life be like?

Thinking about Death and Pain Makes People Funnier

Death anxiety may promotes humor creativity

The Art Therapy + Happiness Project

Artistic creativity is primarily a force of health and well-being rather than a mirror of dysfunction or disorder. Therefore the real purpose of art therapy and expressive arts therapy is to facilitate individuals’ creative exploration and self-expression to find both the “pleasant life” as well as the “meaningful life.”

10 Ways to Be Creative

I got this cool box of illustrated cards and immediately thought of a zillion ways to use it. Here's a sample of a creative thought process.

Creative Rehabilitation For Brain Injury. Part 1: Concussion

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 31, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Often good rehabilitation facilities for brain-injured people are not readily accessible or affordable. Creative programs involving family and friends as the rehabilitation support team can be very effective in these cases, and are in place for the long term, unlike rehab centers. In this first post I focus on concussion.

Hallowed Halls and Stage Lights

By Susan Hooper on May 30, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
The landscape of the past has many points of entry. I walked through one of them when I revisited the building where I went to high school and the stage where I had been a student performer.

New Ways to Happiness with Strengths

Need a happiness boost? Looking for more meaning in life? Trying to reach a goal? A new pathway to reach these benefits is to identify your signature strengths (your best personality characteristics) and use them in a new way each day. Research on strengths has repeatedly found this intervention...

The Cerebellum May Be the Seat of Creativity

In a revolutionary discovery, new research from Stanford University published on May 28, 2015 reports that the cerebellum may be the seat of creativity.

Let Your Mind Wander

We are in the grip of a cult of mindfulness. But it's a good idea to let your mind wander from time to time.

How to Direct Your Dreams

By Michelle Carr on May 28, 2015 in Dream Factory
We often feel that we don’t have any control over our dreams. But the truth is, we do. How we react to situations in waking life dictates how we behave in dreams, and in this way, we are responsible for creating our own dreams.

Marketing Tips From A Few "Mad Men"

Mad Men gave us more than a look inside the scandalous world of 1960's advertising-- it gave us valuable business lessons that are still just as relevant today. Here are three tips on how to make money and captivate your audience.

Finding Truth and Authenticity in an Age of Irony

The artist—and we all are artists, good, bad, or ugly—expands the ordinary into the extraordinary or condenses the extraordinary into the common. He, she, enchants the cosmos.

Watching a Play about Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on May 27, 2015 in A Hunger Artist
The benefits and dangers of creating art out of illness.

A Workover: A "Creative" Wants to Make a Living

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Open Source Innovation: What's In and What's Out

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on May 26, 2015 in Innovation You
Benjamin Franklin saw that there were uses and applications for his inventions outside of his original intentions. He understood that the only way to fully realize that vision was to make it everyone's. What started out as Franklin's invention became the world's collective creation.