Essential Reads

Want to Know What Constitutes Play?

First try asking what play isn’t

The Definitive Way To Respond to Others' Mistakes

Mistakes happen. The question is - how should we respond?

Contemplating Rothko

A practice to enhance seeing

The Neuroaesthetics of Handaxes

Were handaxes the first forms of art?

Recent Posts on Creativity

When You Don't Have Time for Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Now that spring has sprung, it's a good time to focus on becoming healthier. For many, this may sound like an overwhelming task. But creating small, reasonable goals is the best way to make lifestyle changes.

Is Digital Life Risky?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in The Human Beast
Young people who grew up with digital technologies and cannot conceive of a life without the Internet, digital games, and social media are sometimes called “digital natives” whereas older generations who acquired these technologies as adults are “digital immigrants.” Digital natives have many advantages but “addiction” to screens has its critics.

You the Seed vs. You the Gardener

By Hal Mathew on March 24, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
Hope springs eternal when you are both seed and gardener.

10 Ways Musical Training Boosts Brain Power

A wide range of new research shows that playing a musical instrument can boost brain function throughout a person's lifespan.

The Future Has Come and Gone: You Just Missed It

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in Innovation You
So what's the big so what? The very institutions that have defined how we lead in our modern world are being abandoned or morphed into new forms. We need to run a wider array of experiments to learn what really works and doesn't in the undiscovered country.

Why We Procrastinate at Bedtime

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on March 23, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
No external boss means we must self-monitor sleep habits.

Cops Helping Cops

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 22, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
Ten cops contribute stories to an anthology dedicated to fallen officers.

How Most Anxiety Can be Beaten With Just One Simple Method

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on March 21, 2015 in Think Well
The most important ingredient in almost all successful anxiety treatments is what therapists call exposure. Here is what it is and why it works.

Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

We are used to thinking of creativity as an entirely positive attribute. However, new research on malevolent creativity suggests that the truly creative may put their novel thinking to dangerous uses under the right circumstances.

The 4 Secrets to Increasing Your Team's Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Feeling It
Here's How Positivity Dramatically Improves A Team's Productivity & What You Can Do To Implement It

SXSW: How to Make it in Showbiz

Are you a struggling comic, writer, or filmmaker? Well, good news coming your way: there is hope! (But, maybe don’t quit your day job just yet). Celebrity keynoters at last week’s South by Southwest Conference (SxSW) in Austin, which included mega-stars had some great advice...

Playing to Win

Conventional wisdom about making better judgments and decisions consists of methods for reducing biases and errors. But this is a defensive strategy, playing not to lose. We can do better. By trying to foster insights and discoveries, we can play to win.

The Interpersonal Consequences of Schizophrenia

This article is comprised of an argument that introversion, divergent thinking, and isolation, as qualities in the schizophrenic individual, may be causally related to the emergence of schizophrenia.

Science and the Online Dating Profile

Online dating is the new singles bar, one in which your words won't be drowned out by the music. But which words should you use? There is some scientific evidence about relatively more effective ways to turn an online contact into a real huggable moment.

Ten Things to Help You Be More Creative

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 17, 2015 in A Sideways View
Can you really teach creativity? If so, what is it we need to do?

The Art of Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye is an art that we all can learn.

Why?

In Curiosity, Manguel draws on scores of writers and texts, especially Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, to find fresh ways to ask fundamental questions: Who am I? Why do things happen? What comes next? Elegant and erudite, his book is a celebration of critical reading, a challenging, enjoyable and essential craft that is in danger these days of becoming a lost art.

How To Write a Thriller?

By Sheila Kohler on March 16, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
First, as with anything you write, you have to choose a voice. Who is going to tell your story? Do you want to use the first person as Albert Camus does in “ The Stranger” and begin with the lapidary sentences: “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be quite sure.”

3 Reasons You (or Someone You Know) Crave the Apple Watch

If you've found yourself craving an Apple Watch (even though you don't think you really need one), you're not alone. Here are three insights about how Apple has tapped into our psychology to create desire.

Make Your Dreams Come True, Be Extreme

If you push yourself to extremes and find out what your true talents are.

Straight Talk to Artists Who Want to Make Money

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 16, 2015 in How To Do Life
The artistic temperament is antithetical to making money. You better fight that if you expect to make a living from your art. Otherwise you have a hobby.

Do You Need A Strengths-Development Habit?

Today 5 out of every 10 people report they have the opportunity to do what they do best each day at work – an increase of 30% over the last decade. As a result they tell us that they feel more engaged and energized, that what they do makes a difference and are much more likely to describe themselves as flourishing. How are they getting these results?

Ten Arithmetical Conundrums

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in Brain Workout
Arithmetic can be fun as these conundrums will show.

Strategies for Growing the Transhumanism Movement

Transhumanism—the international movement that aims to use science and technology to improve the human being—has been growing quickly in the last few years. But for the movement to grow more, better strategies will need to be implemented.

7 Hints for Making It as an Artist

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 13, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Are you a weekend artist who putters and creates but longs for more time to pursue a career as a “real” artist?

18 Ways to Add Oomph to Your Everyday Activities

Physical exercise has many brain health benefits, and reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia. But you don’t have to hit the gym to get your heart pumping! Here are 18 ways to add umph to your everyday activities.

The Psychology of Online Customization

The decision to buy a customized product is mediated by a number of unconscious factors that shape the customers’ final decision.

The 'Other' Marshmallow Test

The tower building exercise - and its marshmallow - reveals another secret of successful human behavior, in this case for mental health professionals: when we put the goals of our patients first and foremost, they are going to be more effective, and so will we.

How to Completely Change Your Sex Life and Relationship

It's normal for a couple who has been together for a few years to fall into a stale and boring pattern. Our brains crave novelty. Stability and security is nice and comforting, but it’s not exciting. Instead of taking each other for granted and then going on Facebook looking up someone you dated high school, try being open and honest with each other. Hit the reset button.

How Similar Is Too Similar?

Does the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams sound similar to Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up?” Does it sound so similar that it actually represents copyright infringement?