Essential Reads

$50m Judgment Says Brain Training a Sham

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on September 19, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Letting someone else sharpen your brain sounds great. Except it doesn't work, and you have to do the work yourself. The good news is that it isn't so hard.

What If We Have It Wrong About Boredom?

What if we've got it wrong about boredom? Despite its negative connotations, boredom may actually be valuable.

What Gifted Students Can Learn From Being Average

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Finding the Next Einstein
"It was okay to just be in the middle of the pack...That was a lovely experience."
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Knit with Grit

By Sunil Iyengar on September 06, 2016 in The Value of Art
Should premed curricula include a module in the visual or performing arts? It's not a bad idea.

More Posts on Creativity

500 Hours of Happiness

By Susan Hooper on May 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
As a volunteer music therapy aide at a busy urban hospital, I have learned firsthand the power of a piano to lift spirits and ease cares—at least for the length of a song or two.

6 Ways Reading Fires Up Your Writing Brain

Our brains are amazing thinking, dreaming, imagining, and producing machines, reliant upon their masters to program, nurture, guide, and direct them. Luckily, reading does wonders.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Memory Medic
Start your thinking project with pen or pencil. Then use the keyboard for final production.

The Territory of Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on May 27, 2016 in On Having Fun
Moving images of children at play—images that capture their spontaneity, creativity, community—are profound reminders of who and how we are when we are free.

Are Musical Genres Outdated?

Is it hard for you to identify what music you like? A little insight into your personality may help.

Art Set Him Free: A Former Prison Inmate's Story

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on May 26, 2016 in Art on Trial
One man explains how art helped him get through prison.

We Need to Talk About Books!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Are you a reader of ‘light’ or ‘heavy’ books? Why do so many of us love books set in war time, yet that is the last place we would really want to be?

Six Honest Answers About Writing and Publishing Your Book

On my bulletin board at work, I’ve posted a small clip that reads: “Of the 86,000 new titles published in the UK in 2009, 59,000 sold an average of 18 copies.” Publishing is hard.
Gretchen Rubin

Have You Ever Been Made Happier by a “Modest Splurge?”

I remind myself that sometimes, it makes me happy to indulge in a modest splurge—to buy something that I don’t absolutely need, but that makes my day brighter in some way.

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

A queer therapist describes therapy with a straight woman, and how the therapist being out helped the client to create a new story for her life.

Do You Have a Micromanaging Boss?

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work? You may have a micromanaging boss.

Feel the Singularity

By Moses Ma on May 12, 2016 in The Tao of Innovation
Should we redistribute existing wealth or create new wealth? Here's some quantum thinking about the economy.
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Writing Naked for Change

Letting go of our baggage during the writing process can help you on your journey to self-discovery and ultimately transformation.

Depth Psychology of Art

The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces.

Life—Best Taken With Salt and Pepper

Do you “savor” your life as much as possible?

Margaret Cho Wants You to Embrace Your Darkness

There would be no contrast in your existence if the bad and dark parts didn’t exist.

The Art of Patient Persuasion

By Jean Kim M.D. on May 11, 2016 in Culture Shrink
It's important to understand the patient's reality.

10 Ideas for Wise Decision-Making

High intelligence is not enough for successful decision-making.

Awe and Awareness in Motherhood: An Interview

A hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world and how she keeps the phenomenal alive in her everyday life.

5 Steps to a More Creative You

By Sarah Rose Cavanagh Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Once More, With Feeling
Three recent works on creativity and innovation suggest similar approaches to a more creative you.

What’s Your Mental Health Resilience Playlist?

By Julie K. Hersh on May 10, 2016 in Struck By Living
Has anyone measured the impact of playfulness on mental health? Be a kid, make your playlist and dare to sing and dance out loud. How do you measure the power of the human spirit?

How Are Digital Devices Changing the Way We Think?

A new study from Darmouth College has pinpointed when it's best to read something printed on paper—and, other times, when it's better to read something from a digital device.

The Practice of Life

Shakespeare was wrong. The world is not a stage and life is not a performance. Life is practice.

Music for Productive Creativity

Can music help you get in a creative flow? Here's one writer's strategy and why it may work.

Why Weirdos Win

Have you ever been called “weird,” “crazy” or “strange”? Well, fear not, fellow weirdos: There is hope.

Who Dares Speak Honestly About Unbelief?

Being an activist for a popular cause is easy. Speaking up for a cause that by its nature offends many people takes courage. Some new books tell the truth about atheism.

"Original Voices": New Book Gives Homeless Women Their Say

By Jennifer Haupt on May 02, 2016 in One True Thing
"Original Voices" is the perfect title for this collection of poems, essays and wonderings, written by homeless women in Seattle.

What Is Passion? Part 2

By Lybi Ma on May 02, 2016 in Brainstorm
Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.
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How Well Can You Detect Lies?

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in Brain Workout
Have you ever wondered how the great fictional detectives were able to identify a culprit? These puzzles provide insight into their thought processes.