Essential Reads

The Inverse Innovation Cycle: How Failure Becomes Success

There's something that leaders don't tell you about success.

The Top 9 Reasons I Hate Anxiety

Here are the top 9 reasons I hate anxiety--and you should too!

Do Generations Exist?

Are generations caricatures or are they drivers of social and cultural change?

Four Reasons to Worry About "Personalized Learning"

Personalized is to personal as sentimentality is to sentiment

Recent Posts on Creativity

Music and Dreams: The Case of the Beatles

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in Dream Catcher
Why are some forms of music relatively rare in dreams? Dreams screen out redundant and parasitic forms of information but will process musical phrases that violate expectancies

Intervening in Family Conflict

By Jeffery S Smith M.D. on January 24, 2015 in Healing and Growing
To intervene on a family in conflict, we need to understand the mammalian brain and how to help members move from a state of defense to one of empathy and understanding. Here is how to recognize what is happening and intervene.

Creativity and Sensory Gating

By Darya L. Zabelina M. S. on January 23, 2015 in Finding Butterfly
It is possible that some risk factors that are associated with elevated psychopathology, such as leaky sensory gating, might also, in combination with other protective factors, be a "risk" factor for increased creative achievement.

The Many Hues (and Cries) of Noir

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 22, 2015 in Creating in Flow
If you’ve ever spent a minute at a racetrack’s betting window, you’ll recognize the excitement of this accomplished thriller. Even if you haven’t, you’ll find yourself caring for the two main characters who share their journey seeking justice from a capricious world.

A Free Speech Fairy Tale

Humor and satire were viewed as the rightful modes of expression they always had been, and always would be. The sharing of humor is one of the main ways people rise above adversity, and bond, and become better people.

Quiz Yourself: What Kind of Play Do You Enjoy?

By Gretchen Rubin on January 22, 2015 in The Happiness Project
For a happy life, it’s not enough to have an absence of bad feelings — we also need sources of good feelings.

The Heart is a Drum Machine: Drumming as Therapy

Drumming has the potential to be a therapeutic technique that provides both relaxation and energy to the emotionally wounded.

Jack the Tipster

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 22, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
A book published in 2013 offers a thorough academic analysis of correspondence attributed to the notorious Jack the Ripper.

The Psychology of the Selfie

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 22, 2015 in A Sideways View
What factors should you take into consideration when posting a selfie on the web? What do photographs say about you?

Why Our Minds Wander

By Dr. Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on January 21, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
The default-mode network in the brain is online when your mind is wandering off-task, a habit of the human mind that occurs frequently throughout our waking hours. While attending and focusing is essential for new learning and a good deal of high-quality communication, day-dreaming is also vital, especially for creativity.

4 Steps To Loving Your Muffintop

By Judy Carter on January 21, 2015 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
How can we love our un-Photoshopped bodies? Getting older doesn’t help most relationships… except maybe the one with your gerontologist. Am I imagining that my dog is looking at me and thinking, “Wow, now we both have nipples on our stomach!” But, enough sexy talk... Read on...

Top Ten Favorite Tips to Improve Children’s Memory

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on January 21, 2015 in Radical Teaching
Studying for tests is tough on kids and parents. From my perspective as a neurologist and teacher, I’ve evaluated the neuroscience research about how the brain learns and remembers most successfully. This article brings together the strategies I’ve suggested, based on that research, reported by parents and educators to be most helpful.

The Creativity Hack You Can Do in Your Sleep

Here are 5 suggestions for exploiting a creativity loophole.

10 Psychological Strengths, Including the Most Valuable 2

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on January 21, 2015 in Curious?
What if we put 10 psychological characteristics that have been previously linked to well-being in direct competition? which would win? Check out this "in press" research study that has yet to be released to the public

Is "Emotional Work" Acting? Is Mimicry?

What should we include in the definition of acting? Does portraying a calm persona to a customer use the same psychology as acting out a character? And how does the audience think about the reality of acting?

Spread the Word: Feb 4 is Global School Play Day

By Peter Gray on January 20, 2015 in Freedom to Learn
The Bedley brothers (Tim and Scott), who are both teachers in California, have started a movement, and it seems to be taking off. They have declared Feb. 4, 2015, to be the first annual Global School Play Day. Let's do everything we can to support it!

Four Steps to a Calmer, Confident, Creative, Capable You

By Bill Knaus Ed.D. on January 20, 2015 in Science and Sensibility
Try a new way to feel serene, procrastinate less, and enjoy life more.

How to Develop the Next Generation of Innovators

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 19, 2015 in Innovation You
With time and a little luck, we will gain momentum and begin to re-establish our creative culture and become more inclusive. Who knows? Our best and brightest might just prove old Joe Schumpeter wrong and find a way to balance democracy and meritocracy here in America.

American Sniper

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on January 19, 2015 in Reel Therapy
Understand the story of PTSD within this excellent and tragic film.

6 Reasons You Can't Win

Will the partnership between Man and Machine end in our demise, or is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship?

Will the LGBT Movement Evolve Into Transhumanism?

The challenge of civil rights in the transhumanist era may just be starting in a whole new way. Personhood, sexual freedom, and gender identity (or non-identity) will soon take on unprecedented roles in society, spurred by radical innovation and changing stereotypes of what it means to be a human being

For Smarter, Happier, Healthier Kids, Keep Moving!

Children who are physically active do better than others on virtually all developmental measures. They’re not only healthier, stronger, and more resilient to illness, but they’re also happier, more confident, more academically successful, and more creative than others. They sleep better, feel better about themselves, and become healthier adults.

Soaring to New Heights

By E E Smith on January 16, 2015 in Not Born Yesterday
To quote designer Pierre Hardy, "People love a high heel because it is not natural. It is a cultural object connected with seduction, power, and sexuality." Well, maybe. I do agree that it is not natural. If God had meant me to be six feet tall, he would have given me longer legs.

The Timing of All Things

Our greatest failures lie not in our lack of fulfilling that which we think we should, but in our not accepting that which is.

How Different Is the Artist From the Writer?

By Sheila Kohler on January 16, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
Has the image replaced the word?

Why Writing Matters

At the end of life, people sometimes find time and focus to do things they've always wanted to do. Often, surprisingly, it's writing.

Can You Measure Musicality?

What happens when you try to capture a person's musical aptitude with a number?

Leader's Resolution: This Year, Roll Up Your Sleeves & Help

By Sigal Barsade Ph.D. on January 15, 2015 in The Science of Work
“Leading by doing” builds a stronger organization.

The Circle of Care, the Circle of Trust, and Nonviolence

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on January 15, 2015 in Acquired Spontaneity
As soon as we declare any one person or group not deserving of care, we instantly leave the world of nonviolence. It's all in the difference between believing that anyone is beyond the pale and believing everyone is included even while knowing that we cannot necessarily live into it.

Manifesto 15: Triggering the Education Revolution

By Peter Gray on January 15, 2015 in Freedom to Learn
On January 1, 2015, John Moravec, a philosopher of education and world traveler, sent out a manifesto about the future of education. It has caught on and spread far more rapidly than he could have imagined it might. Within days, it was read by people in 84 countries and translated into seven languages (with more translations on the way). Read it here and send it on!