Essential Reads

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

Research explains the interplay between math anxiety, motivation, and learning.

In the Age Of Emoji, What's in a Word?

Emojis can be even more powerful than words.

Family Background, Creativity, and Genius

Behind the motivations of science Nobel laureates and literary prizewinners.

Do Video Games Measure IQ?

A new study suggests video games measure intelligence.

Recent Posts on Creativity

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 Ph.D. 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

The Authentic Life of Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels

Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels is part of arguably the greatest rap group of all time, Run-D.M.C, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After facing many hardships in his adult life, he shares how he was able to cope by reconnecting with his creative side.

Miss These Quirky Novels at Your Peril

The 7 terrific novels rounded-up here offer superb writing and absorbing stories to sink your teeth into.

The Sep-Con Articulation Process in Creativity

The sep-con articulation process was discovered in extensive empirical investigations with outstanding literary prizewinners and Nobel laureates in the sciences. It consists of constructing or conceiving connection and functional separation concomitantly.The wide use in creativity, examples, and application do's and don'ts are specified.

Women by Design: Transforming Home, Transforming Self

Women can express and transform their psychic and home interiors

How to Win the Innovation Race

You don't want to run the whole innovation relay only to find that you dropped the baton somewhere along the way. Practice, polish, and perfect those hand-offs.