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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When Do Kids Get the Time to Play?

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on August 05, 2016 in Grand Rounds
The free-form, all by yourself, made up world of the little kid is super-important and increasingly ignored.

A Sort of Revelation

Are the haphazard workings of ‘Chance’, or the purposeful and controlling ‘forces’ of some cosmic ‘Design Intelligence at work in Nature?

What I Learned at the Global Positive Education Festival

My challenge to the positive education movement is to move on from excessive back slapping, address the theoretical and policy hurdles facing the field.
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The Secrets of Wild Women

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
In this year of the first female presidential candidate ever, we should never underestimate the power of women in everything from politics to creativity.
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Writer, Uninterrupted

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Constant distraction diminishes our creative power; concentrated focus allows us to experience the most profound creative state.

Tapping Into the Genius of Hamilton's Creator

By Susan Reynolds on August 02, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Have you tapped into your creative genius? The creator of Broadway's "Hamilton" reveals eight cognitive strengths that you can mine to bolster your creativity.

The Ever Unfolding Present: Dance, Music & Living in the Now

Every singular moment is a tightly textured tapestry of trajectories that began long ago and will continue long into the future. So how do we decide to move?

When Falling Brings About Great Work

In the blink of an eye, I found myself on the putty colored carpet surrounded by the shrapnel of scattered chair parts. And it was the best possible thing that could have happened.
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4 Strategies to Mindfully Enhance Everyday Creativity

Creativity is about journeying into the dark and mysterious forest of the unknown. Learn how you can begin opening the door to your core creativity and to your open-mind awareness.

Art Therapy Does Not Happen Through an Adult Coloring Book..

There is no doubt that adult coloring books can be forms of emotional grounding and relaxation, depending on the individual. But therapy is more than self-help and self-soothing.

How to Hire a Gardening Mentor

By Jennifer Haupt on July 29, 2016 in One True Thing
I had a love/hate relationship with my garden. So I hired someone who could teach me the basics of how to spend less time digging in the dirt and get better results.

Behave!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A series about the ethical standards of different fictional biographies and factual biographies of famous psychologists and scientists.The first is on John Watson & Rosalie Rayner

Free-Range Psychology

Just as the heath care field is moving towards personalized medicine, free-range psychology is well positioned to be the wave of the future.

Art Thinking or The Importance of Inventing Point B

By Tim Leberecht on July 25, 2016 in The Romance of Work
Business is too important to be left to business people. What if companies thought and acted more like artists?

Leslie Jones Is a Movie Star Who Makes Me Laugh and Cry

The more diversity of characters and actors we see on our stages and screens, the more opportunities we can create for identification and empathy between one another.
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Is Your School Helping or Hurting Your Child’s Literacy?

Reading is key to success. Five common teaching practices that don't work; and six ways to support kids in acquiring a love of reading that encourages learning across the lifespan.

How Much Can We Borrow from One Another?

By Sheila Kohler on July 21, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Isaac Newton reportedly said back in 1676: "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

Thinking Visually With DeAngela Napier

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Brick by Brick
DeAngela Napier is a visual thinker. Napier, who works as a photographer, video producer and editor, thinks of her work as visual storytelling...

The Writing Life: An Interview With Natalie Goldberg

By Mark Matousek on July 19, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
The groundbreaking author of Writing Down the Bones talks about creativity as a spiritual practice, her cancer journey, and choosing passion over discipline

Aliens and Monsters

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 19, 2016 in Play in Mind
Science fiction authors always mean to open readers’ eyes wider, intending to broaden their perspective.

The Beautiful Randomness of the Band Suicide

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Brick by Brick
When describing hardcore punk music, Lester Bangs wrote that “hardcore is the womb.”

Play Foul and Fair

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Play in Mind
Rule breakers come in three varieties: the cheater, the spoilsport, and the game changer. We despise the first, we puzzle over the second, and usually, we admire the third.

Two Psychological Approaches to Photography

By Stanton Peele on July 14, 2016 in Addiction in Society
The two greatest American photographers, Diane Arbus and Robert Frank, while taking very different approaches to photography, both peered into America's soul, at a personal cost.

Dissecting Sheldon Cooper

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Media Spotlight
If you've seen even a single episode of the hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, then you're familiar with Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Understanding the antics of an eccentric genius.
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Creating Fictional Worlds That Feel Real

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Rethinking Thought
When you read a novel, do you know what color hair each characters has?

Measuring the Muse

By Sunil Iyengar on July 13, 2016 in The Value of Art
For the most compelling proofs of the arts’ benefits on individuals, one looks increasingly to cognitive and developmental psychology.

Why We Still Love ‘Please Kill Me’

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Brick by Brick
In “Please Kill Me,” Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil have delivered to their readers one of the most important ingredients of effective therapy - unconditional positive regard

The Case for Copying

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
Why rote learning such as memorizing and copying is underrated.

Write Better by Thinking Like a Fox

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Two new novels demonstrate, by showing not telling, how to get into the mind of some unusual characters.

The Best Book for Serious (And Humor) Writers

Advises Lerner, "If you are a writer, especially one who has been unable to make your work count or stick, you must grab your demons by the neck and face them down."