Essential Reads

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!

4 Ways Your Front Yard Can Make You Happier

By Jamie Littlefield on November 18, 2016 in Placed
Re-thinking your front yard may result in an unanticipated sense of well-being.

Neuroscience Research Shows How Mood Impacts Perception

According to a new theory of attention and mood, the happier you are, the more you see of the world. Here’s why, and what your brain has to do with it.

More Posts on Creativity

The Decline of Duty

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
A key reason America is in decline. And you?

Are You a Noun or a Verb?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in BrainSnacks
Each of us has a preferred arrangement of our inner world - well-defined, orderly, and deterministic; or ambiguous, complex, and speculative. How do they affect our thinking?

Writing: The Inner Edge—Part II

Writing is different from immediate performance, yet it shares a number of aspects with performance. General principles help make the process and outcome more productive.
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10 Word Puzzles With Deeper Meanings

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Brain Workout
Humans are fascinated by meaning associations between words. These wordplay puzzles shed a little light into the nature of word meaning.

7 Tips from Elder Creatives on the Joy of Working

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Worried you'll someday lose your passion and your ability to come up with fresh ideas for your creative work? Twenty still-working over-80s tell how they do it.

The Protest of "Me Before You"

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on June 07, 2016 in Reel Therapy
"Me Before You" seems to be about disability, makes a comment on patient assisted suicide, and shows how depressed characters can dampen entertainment quality in cinema...

Teaching Creativity With a Story: A Lesson From Paul Smith

By Drew Boyd on June 07, 2016 in Inside the Box
Creativity is considered by many to be a rare, elusive gift only musicians or bohemian New York artists possess. Truth is everyone has the capacity to be creative.

What You Read Matters More Than You Might Think

By Susan Reynolds on June 07, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
You are what you read: Why deep reading makes you a better writer.

We Are What We Speak

By Jennifer Hamady on June 07, 2016 in Finding Your Voice
If you want to improve the quality of your life and creative expression, take a close look at your words and thoughts.

The Psychology of Stand-Up Comedy

By Brian Hughes Ph.D. on June 05, 2016 in Homeostasis Disruptor
Academics have not only studied stand-up comedy. Occasionally they have performed it too.

Travel with Your Kids for Creativity’s Sake

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on June 04, 2016 in Neuroparent
Worried about your child's creativity? A trip to another country may be the way to go.

An Existential Take on Cell Phones

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on June 04, 2016 in Listen Up!
Our mobile devices free us and imprison us at the same time. Here's how it happens.

4 Ways to Go With the Flow (Even When It Seems Impossible)

Do you know how to go with the flow? Sometimes this is easier said than done.

Creating Their Own Worlds: Arts and Learning

How can we ensure children are creative throughout their schooling? Engagement in the arts may be one way.

Character Counts in a Novel's Pages

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 02, 2016 in Creating in Flow
If the characters who people a book, no matter how wildly offbeat, don't feel real, readers may lose interest. Plot is definitely not everything. Character counts.

Mediated Dreaming

How do new media technologies impact people's dreaming experiences? And how can new digital tools enhance our understanding of dreams?

Experience-Based How-To's for Creativity

Getting creative – There’s nothing like drawing on experience!

Why MC Sha Rock is Still the Luminary Icon

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in Brick by Brick
As a member of the group Funky 4 + 1, MC Sha Rock is the first prominent female emcee in Hip Hop history and is considered one of the greatest female Hip Hop artists of all time.

A Non-Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences: Part 5

Coincidences can alert us to new patterns about how the world works.

What a Body Knows—and What I Can Not

The title of this blog—and the book that inspired it—is What a Body Knows. The sentence seems straight forward enough, but is it? What can I know about what my body knows?

Trump Tag

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Play in Mind
Playing politics on the playground

Get Your Head in the Clouds

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Problem solutions like to play hide and seek. We seek. And they hide. The harder we search, the more they hide. Here are 3 steps to help you find creative solutions.
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Why We Need Positive Education 2.0

Education is a global challenge that requires a global approach.

500 Hours of Happiness

By Susan Hooper on May 30, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
As a volunteer music therapy aide at a busy urban hospital, I have learned firsthand the power of a piano to lift spirits and ease cares—at least for the length of a song or two.

6 Ways Reading Fires Up Your Writing Brain

By Susan Reynolds on May 27, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Our brains are amazing thinking, dreaming, imagining, and producing machines, reliant upon their masters to program, nurture, guide, and direct them. Luckily, reading does wonders.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Memory Medic
Start your thinking project with pen or pencil. Then use the keyboard for final production.

The Territory of Play

By Bernard L. De Koven on May 27, 2016 in On Having Fun
Moving images of children at play—images that capture their spontaneity, creativity, community—are profound reminders of who and how we are when we are free.

Are Musical Genres Outdated?

Is it hard for you to identify what music you like? A little insight into your personality may help.

Art Set Him Free: A Former Prison Inmate's Story

One man explains how art helped him get through prison.

We Need to Talk About Books!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Are you a reader of ‘light’ or ‘heavy’ books? Why do so many of us love books set in war time, yet that is the last place we would really want to be?