Essential Reads

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Happy?

Does AI spell the doom of humankind? Or should we welcome it? Given the significant limitations of human rationality, only AI can help humans to solve many difficult problems.

What Goes Into the Creative Act? Can Therapy Be Creative?

By Sheila Kohler on October 16, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Is there any overlap between therapy and the creative act?

What Is the Link Between Alcohol and Creative Genius?

By Tom Shroder on October 05, 2016 in Acid Test
My author grandfather said he couldn't write when he wasn't drinking. It might have won him a Pulitzer Prize. It definitely killed him.

The Top 3 Insights of Highly Innovative Leaders

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in Feeling It
The #1 quality CEOs look for in employees: creativity. Here's the secret to an innovative mind

More Posts on Creativity

A New Definition of Crazy

By Betsy Seifter Ph.D. on April 04, 2016 in Schizophrenia Diary
There's a move afoot to rethink how we diagnose mental illness. Here's a book that celebrates the mystery, and artistry, of individuals with DSM disorders.
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"Crazy: A Creative and Personal Look at Mental Illness"

By Stephen Seager M.D. on April 02, 2016 in BrainTalk
A startling, stunning and creative look at the trials, struggles of suffering from mental illness done by youth for youth

Chene Walz on Counseling and Coaching Art Students at SCAD

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on April 02, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Chene Walz on counseling and coaching art students at SCAD

5 Fun Ways to Make Great Ideas Flock to You

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Be contrary, never ignore a hunch, and more than 50 other creatively illustrated mind-openers in a new book will motivate writers and artists. Here are 5 examples.

Why We Laugh at Others on April Fool's Day

By Paul Dolan Ph.D. on April 01, 2016 in Happiness by Design
Why does laughing at the expense of others bring us so much pleasure and what does it say about our human nature? Here are some key explanations.

"Way of the Bushmen": Dance, Love, and God in Africa

What does the oldest culture of the world have to teach us about dance, spirituality, God, and love?

Should Funerals Be Fun?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in BrainSnacks
I don't like to leave important matters to amateurs. That's why I'm going to plan my own funeral.

Why Do Funnier Comedians Die Sooner?

Those identified as funnier were more than three times more likely to die prematurely when compared to more serious comedy personalities.

The Childlike Wonder of Zach Gill

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Zach Gill explains how he embraces creativity in parenting.

A Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences, Part 3

Try as they might, statisticians can only come up with a hard to prove “law” to explain coincidences.

Expressive Arts Therapy and Self-Regulation

Expressive arts therapies can enhance self-regulation in individuals of all ages who are experiencing distress; the secret is sensory-based attunement.

Daydreaming: Not All Mind Wandering Fuels Creative Thinking

Mind wandering and daydreaming can facilitate creative thinking and problem solving. However, researchers at Harvard have identified that not all mind wandering is created equal.

Artistic Creativity and Psychological Distress

Artists do not have more mental problems. Their talents express their profound perceptions; they stimulate our own ideas and emotions; they ennoble us and enhance our lives.

A Christian, a Hindu & a Muslim Walk Into A Bar…

By Eliezer Sobel on March 29, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
The Jews are considered by some as having a disproportionate influence in both Hollywood and on Wall Street, but who knew that they were also a powerful force in other religions?

Scientific Creativity: Discovery of the Monoclonal Antibody

By Albert Rothenberg on March 28, 2016 in Creative Explorations
Using the creative sep-con articulation process a German biologist dramatically discovered an important new diagnostic and therapeutic approach to cancer and other grave diseases

Expressive Writing for Physical and Mental Health

Joyce Carol Oates said "I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, . . .and somehow the activity of writing changes everything."

To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 28, 2016 in Minding the Body
Novelists and poets have long held that walking and writing are closely connected. Now there’s research to back up that claim.

Aha! Aerobic Exercise Facilitates the Free Flow of Thought

Albert Einstein once said of E=mc2, "I thought of it while riding my bicycle." There is growing empirical and anecdotal evidence that aerobic exercise stimulates "Aha!" moments.

How Do Motor Regions of the Brain Drive Fluid Intelligence?

Researchers at the Beckman Institute have identified an unexpected correlation between energy metabolism in motor regions of the brain and higher levels of fluid intelligence.

Daydreaming: Not a Useless Waste of Time

Worried that your child or student daydreams too much? New research shows that mind wandering improves self-awareness, boosts creativity, and is essential to human flourishing.

Learning about Allison's Brain

How music helped one woman's post-brain surgery healing

Living in Parts, Dreaming of Wholeness

Cuban-American author Gustavo Pérez-Firmat writes poetry in both English and Spanish. Today, he talks to us about the delights and challenges of writing in two voices.
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Digital Pandemic Part II

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on March 20, 2016 in Digital Pandemic
Is the digital life fit for humans? How to cope and how to benefit.

Eva Weaver on 'Back to Sex'

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on March 19, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
The future of mental health interview series continues with Eva Weaver on 'Back to Sex.'

Redondo The Game

By Bernard L. De Koven on March 17, 2016 in On Having Fun
It's kind of like a Rosarch test for no reason.

The Relentless and Raging Resteghinis

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 14, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Meet Dale & Kim Resteghini, the couple behind Raging Nation Films. From their story, we can learn how to chase down our dreams by not only working hard, but working smart.
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In the "Murder Mood"

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 13, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Book by British curator describes historic counterpart to today's crime-time hosts.

Does the Cerebellum Fine-Tune Complex Cerebral Functions?

Two recent studies have illuminated various ways that the "non-thinking" cerebellum (Latin for "little brain") may be involved in complex cerebral thinking.

The Imaginative, Idiosyncratic and Schizotypal Manager

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 10, 2016 in A Sideways View
What is Schizotypal Personality Disorder? Can you be a little schizotypal? Is this disorder related to creativity?