Essential Reads

Six Reasons Pop Singers Pronounce Some Lyrics in Odd Ways

'Secret Asian Man' and Other Mysteries of Song

Creativity Is Memory

Coming up with new ideas requires retrieving those ideas from your memory.

Criticizing Personal Autonomy

Self-realization comes not from control but from connection

How to Take on a Challenge

What does it take to make the impossible possible?

Recent Posts on Creativity

Teaching Through Insights

What would it look like to view teaching as a process of creating insights? Here are 6 ideas: diagnosing why students are confused, helping students unlearn mistaken beliefs, encouraging students to pursue their own feedback, anticipating knowledge shields and breaking through them, working through the three pathways to insight, and promoting an insight stance.

You May Not Persist Long Enough in Creative Tasks

I have the opportunity to work with groups who are trying to develop creative solutions to problems. One thing I have noticed is that groups often try to end the task of generating new potential solutions fairly quickly. After they have generated a couple of good ideas, they want to move on to evaluating those ideas and planning a way to execute those ideas.

What's Your Joy?

We might be happier if we spend more time thinking of our joys rather than our miseries. Writing about our joy is one way to bring about healing and establishing a sense of harmony in our lives. It can be a way to tap into our subconscious mind. In addition to writing, sometimes trying to do something different as a way to break routine.

When Music Becomes Language

When jazz musicians achieve the highest levels of mastery, their brain processing undergoes a fundamental change, and they begin to perceive music in a way no one else can.

Prison Art: Is It Therapy or "Therapeutic"? So What?

There is no doubt that making art in prison can be therapeutic--but is it necessarily therapy? This blog teases apart the differences between the two, all the while exploring the age-old question: so what?

I Hate Multiple Choice

What do multiple choice tests measure? Is that what we want to know?

Stories of Seclusion: After Winning the Lottery

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2015 How To Do Life
The drive to be creative can know no bounds.

8 Ways to Bust Your Creative Blocks at Work

By Megan Dalla-Camina on July 26, 2015 Real Women
Creativity at work can be stifled, especially during really busy or stressful times. Try these strategies to bust your blocks and get your creative juices flowing.

How Charlie Got His Groove Back

Charlie the Dog or The Dood—our undersized, but athletic Goldendoodle—spent his first four-and-a-half years enthralled by squirrels and hooked on the game of chasing them.

The Wisdom of the Rule of Three

Innovation requires us to have deep and wide field of vision and an open mind to see the reality of the situation.

What Happens in the Creative Act?

By Sheila Kohler on July 19, 2015 Dreaming for Freud
One of the best ways to answer this fascinating question is to read great writers writing about other great writers and thus describing the creative act. In the historical novel, written about a great writer, we have two writers engaged in the creative act: the writer who is the subject of the study and the author him or herself.

Imaging: Sparks of Genius Challenge #3

“Close your eyes,” Dennis the Menace once said to a friend. “If you see anything, you’re thinking.” What's more, if you “hear,” “smell,” “taste,” or “feel” anything in the absence of direct sensory stimulation, that's thinking, too. Alongside words, we cogitate by means of a primary “language” of sensory impressions experienced within the mind. In short, we image.

Why Do People Think You Can't Teach Creativity?

By Tina Seelig on July 16, 2015 CreativityRulz
We’re each responsible for crafting our own lives and for repairing the broader problems of the world, but aren't taught the skills to do so. The Invention Cycle describes a clear set of tools for moving from inspiration to implementation, providing guidance for charting a path toward the life you dream to live.

Readers Ask Susan Cain: What Inspired “Quiet”?

Susan Cain answers a reader's question about the spark that began "Quiet," the bestselling book.

The Adaptive Functions of Music Listening

Music is one of the most profound of all human creations. Music can transform our ongoing psychological state in an instant, and can also enhance psychological functioning across the lifespan. However, less is known about the full range of adaptive functions of music listening and how these adaptive functions promote well-being and enhance quality of life.

By Neglecting Spatial People, What Innovations Have We Lost?

Peter Thiel famously said of the future: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” As innovative as Twitter might be, it pales in comparison to engineering feats that could truly transform our future. And by neglecting spatially talented people, we may have already lost so many incredible inventions.

Releasing Greatness

Since our modern society is fueled by innovation, leaders are needed in every field to develop ingenious, out-of-box thinking not just in themselves – more importantly in their people. Creating environment that release greatness in others is quickly becoming the most important challenge of the 21st century and one that will pay off for generations to come.

Algorithms of Dreaming: Google and the "Deep Dream" Project

Google has developed a computer program that spontaneously generates images with "dream-like" qualities. This new technology can help dream researchers by teasing out which specific features in dream vision are related to amplified versions of waking vision.

This Simple Trick Will Transform How You Solve Problems

By Garth Sundem on July 14, 2015 Brain Candy
What's in a name? Understanding that by another name a rose would still smell as sweet can help you leap past one of the most common problem-solving roadblocks.

The Color Kittens: Best Children's Book Ever

The Color Kittens, perhaps more than Timothy Leary and The Beatles, may be responsible for generations of youth saying "It's the colors, man" while looking at psychedelic visions. The Color Kittens continues to capture my heart and my imagination because there is something about the sheer messiness of discovery and creativity that Hush and Brush that's perfect in its chaos

Genetic Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness?

Is Van Gogh's illness coincidence or destiny... Hold your horses, let me explain to you how these studies work first.

How To Write the Historical Novel

By Sheila Kohler on July 14, 2015 Dreaming for Freud
It is interesting to look at three excellent examples of the historical novel and see how the authors tackle their task one which Henry James, himself, deemed doomed to failure. He wrote of the historical novel "as tainted by a fatal cheapness.”

Color Me Bored and Creative and Calm

Relearn the art of art and the ability to just sit and be.

How Asking Tough Questions Could Save Your Career

Had Kodak’s leaders ratcheted up their discomfort level by asking more challenging questions from others, it may well have sustained its legacy as a key industry player.

What Will You Give Up to Make Room For Innovation?

Innovation isn't just a matter of ingenuity and resourcefulness—it's also a matter of capacity and courage. We're always going to have too many things to do in a day. We'll always be too busy to start that novel or open that business.

Literacy = Learning, Unlearning, Relearning

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 13, 2015 Jacob's Staff
What is required for survival in the 21st Century? How can we re-direct our neural programming to adapt to the dynamic changes in the world? What are effective ways to condition your mind to take advantage of new opportunities? How can we benefit from the real power of knowledge?

Creativity and Intelligence Leading to Psychosis and Autism

Creativity and intelligence, though related, are opposites on a continuum. The same type of dichotomy exists between psychosis and autism and the underlying processes are surmised to be similar.

Creative Rehabilitation, Part 3: Stroke

It is especially important to think outside the box when planning rehabilitation for victims of stroke who are young or members of a minority group.

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

Inevitably being 'at home' means abiding within yourself