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

My Boss Stole My Idea

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 23, 2016 in Critical Feeling
You presented an idea. Nobody listened. In a meeting three weeks later, your boss suddenly bursts out, “I have an idea!” It is your idea …

Judith Schlesinger on Creative Genius and the Insanity Hoax

The future of mental health interview series continues with Judith Schlesinger on creative genius and The Insanity Hoax.

Mindfulness in the Museum

Can we look at paintings the way we watch TV?
DP Lyle

Bones, Blood and Bodies

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Podcasts from experts in forensic science and law enforcement assist crime writers to learn details of the disciplines.

Visual Journaling as a Reflective Practice

The practice of visual journaling can be a powerful container for life’s more difficult experiences and transitions, self-care and meaning-making. Start your journaling here.

4/20/16: Now That It's Nearly Normal...

By Eliezer Sobel on April 19, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
I certainly hope the rest of you have a great time, if and when widespread legalization comes to pass. And I’ll be really sorry to miss the party.

Belief and Nature’s Resilience

Spring cleaning can signal a time of personal renewal.

10 Puzzles to Challenge Your Word and Number Sense

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on April 17, 2016 in Brain Workout
Word searches are fun. If they are number words, which can be found only by solving number riddles, the challenge and fun are increased.

Defining and Debunking Assertions About Creativity

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 16, 2016 in A Sideways View
Is everyone creative? Can you learn to be (a lot) more creative? Are creativity people odd or difficult?

ADHD and the Rock Star Gene

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on April 15, 2016 in The Gift of ADHD
Adam Levine,, Justin Timberlake, and Solange Knowles have spoken publicly about their ADHD. Can ADHD be a gift?

Why You Shouldn't Ask "What's It About?"

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in Creating in Flow
When you ask about a novel, 'What's it about?" you risk missing a chance to be surprised. It's not what, but how things happen, that makes all the difference.

The Importance of Kindness in Science

Buz Hunt showed the importance of kindness and thoughtfulness in science, and why some, perhaps more than others, might leave much more than a scientific legacy.

Art Therapist: Ambassador in the Prison Subculture

To provide care within the primitive prison subculture, the art therapist must act as an ambassador and compromise with the foreign dynamics—the trick is to not appear to do so.

The Secret to Writing Transformative Poetry

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on April 12, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
For years, poetry has been used as part of therapeutic practice. The beauty of poetry is that it succinctly helps us get in touch with our innermost feelings with words and images.
K. Ramsland

Murder: The Prosecutor's Tale

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 09, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Prosecutors of high-profile cases who then write books offer insightful details about how they formed their strategies.

The Original Myth

By Piers Steel Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in The Procrastination Equation
Does procrastination improve creativity? A new take on an old idea.

Cheating Our Children: Who Is Responsible? Part 2

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in Motivate!
Educational standards are declining, grades are rising, skills are dropping and the customer-service model of education continues to thrive. What can reverse the disturbing trend?

Art Is More About Work Than Sex

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 07, 2016 in The Human Beast
The sexual exploits of male rock stars is legendary and their sexual magnetism draws an endless supply of enthusiastic female partners. So do men get creative for sex?

Why Excellence Is Not a Privilege

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on April 07, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
It’s a birthright. It’s in part what we human beings are here for.

The Kafka Effect

By Nick Tasler on April 05, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
When the unexpected happens, surprising new research shows how your mind activates a little known superpower.

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.
stephen seager

"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

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.