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Working Better: Brain Science in Business

There are many brain science lessons that can be applied in organisations from sleep hygiene to managing stress to fostering creativity.

A (Metaphorical) Bridge Between Semantic Order and Chaos

Walt Whitman once asked, “Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” Research on the neural networks involved in metaphor processing justifies that feeling of pride.

The Concept of a Cause Has Gotten More Important Over Time

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 19, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Over the past 100 years, the world seems to have gotten more complicated, a new study finds. Does that affect people's interest in causal knowledge?

The Psychology of Design

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
IDEO’s Tom Kelley challenges what you think you know about design.

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Red and Valentine’s Day

Science should inform the colors you choose for Valentine's Day.

What Happens When We Really Listen to Someone Else

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 in Listen Up!
One filmmaker. Two fictional transgender sex workers of color in Los Angeles. A lesson for us all in seeing people as more than diagnoses and stereotypes..

Can Children Be Actors?

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
If actors must have the emotional maturity and understanding to create extreme scenarios and characters, but the imagination and openness of a child, can children act?

Art Therapy in Prison Is Social Justice

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on February 11, 2016 in Art on Trial
Is art therapy in prison social justice? If social justice is about giving the marginalized and disenfranchised members of society a chance, then the answer has to be yes.

Computer Program Beats European Go Champion

The Asian game of Go had long been considered out of reach for artificial intelligence. Not anymore! The success of AlphaGo confirms the role of pattern recognition in expertise.

Don't Stop Music Learning

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on February 06, 2016 in Your Musical Self
I'm a big believer in the key role music and the arts have for a child. Which child might benefit the most? Perhaps it's the ones who struggle the most.

Alone Together and Going Downhill

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 in Play in Mind
Skiers who tune in tune out of the social side of skiing; insulated and cocooned this way, they miss attunement itself—a vital communal component of play.

The Most Beautiful Embrace of Solitude and Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 in Living Single
The most beautiful expression of the single-at-heart sentiment was written nearly 200 years ago by the poet John Keats.

Cam Newton Walks, Chews Gum, and Throws Touchdown Passes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
We've all known people who "can't walk and chew gum at the same time." Here's why Cam Newton can do all that and more.
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10 Word Puzzles That Will Test Your Thinking 3 Ways

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 in Brain Workout
What do odd-one-out puzzles imply psychologically? Perhaps they are mirrors of something that is fundamental to human life—the need for symmetry.

Practicing the Art of Living

When we commit to love relationships we do not renounce our individual powers; we do not give ourselves away. Instead, we build those selves.

4 (More) Solid Tips for Getting Your Relationship Unstuck

By Marty Babits on February 03, 2016 in The Middle Ground
Can Jan and Evan's jealousy problem be solved through improved communication?

This Worker Has So Much More to Offer

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in The Human Beast
We are accustomed to thinking about occupations in terms of opportunity. One assumes that an employee acquires skills and becomes more valuable, better paid, and happier.

6 Tips to Negotiate a Speaking Contract

By Judy Carter on February 02, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Speaking is a great way to earn some extra money AND get new clients. Here are 6 questions to need to ask when negotiating a speaking contract so you don't blow it.

7 Surprising Insights About How Genius Happens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Genius—the ability to make leaps of innovation—isn't a product only of nature or nurture. Living in a place and time that encourages the flourishing of genius helps too.

Four Levels of Lucid Dreaming

Knowing that you are dreaming is the first step to lucid dreaming but there are at least four levels of lucid dreaming. How do you get there?
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How the Science of Creative Mindfulness Helps

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 01, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
If anxiety stalls your best work, consider these simple ways to redirect your attention.

Death and Decorating

By Tina Traster on February 01, 2016 in Against All Odds
Death makes us want to be in control. Decorating is often a simple way to push back on the feeling of helplessness

Child Art Therapy: How It Works

Art therapy often begs the response—“But it’s just arts and crafts!” Art therapy is not just “arts and crafts" or even its first cousin, the ubiquitous coloring book.

Einstein's Creative Thinking and Relativity

By Albert Rothenberg on January 30, 2016 in Creative Explorations
Albert Einstein's creation of the General Theory of Relativity is still operative today. His initial conception consisted of the creative cognition, the janusian process.

Creativity in Time and Place

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 30, 2016 in One Among Many
The Leonardos of the world have appeared in clusters over historical time and geographical space. Popular writer Eric Weiner tries to make sense of it for you, sort of.
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Creation or Stagnation?

How can we overcome stagnation and reach beyond the status quo?

Study Fact-Checks Influence of Immigration on Jobs

By Garth Sundem on January 26, 2016 in Brain Trust
Research shows that the diversity from immigration leads to wage growth and higher productivity in STEM fields.

How Images Can Fire Up Your Writing Brain

By Susan Reynolds on January 25, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Stimulation prepping via images lights up the specific neuronal network focused on your particular writing project and fuels imagination and creativity.

How Breakthrough Ideas Become Mainstream

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 in Innovation You
There can be no variation, deviance or innovation if we do not share a nexus, fulcrum or center by which to gauge and navigate a way forward together.

Resistance is Futile

By Drew Boyd on January 25, 2016 in Inside the Box
Innovation and resistance cannot be separated. In a real sense, they help define each other. Creative types need a way to overcome it.

Is "The Revenant" Psychologically Harmful?

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on January 21, 2016 in Reel Therapy
"The Revenant" has already garnered lots of awards for its quality. But a psychological warning should be attached to this film.

Peeling Away the Layers: Art Therapy with a Sex Offender

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on January 21, 2016 in Art on Trial
It's difficult yet rewarding to address the needs of this marginal—and oftentimes disturbing—population.

Does Creativity Come From Persistence or Flexibility?

By Garth Sundem on January 20, 2016 in Brain Trust
If you think broadly, you will find creative ideas among irrelevant ones. If you think deeply, you will eventually dig through mundane ideas and into original ones below.