Essential Reads

Three Science-Based Reasons Vacations Boost Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Feeling It
Americans generally believe that they should push themselves before they actually take a break. They don't realize that vacations will make them more—not less—productive.

Driving Innovation Through Shared Values

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Innovation You
Conflict can be the spark that ignites innovation. There are four different type of innovators, and each brings his or her expertise (but also his or her weaknesses) to the table.

Can Science Provide Insight into the Arts?

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Research has shown that the diehard talent myth is not only useless in explaining anything but also harmful to people who might otherwise enjoy a more musically enriching life.

How Do We Read Emotions in Robots?

In time of need, will you let a robot help you? A new study examines this.

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An Epiphany

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on January 06, 2017 in A Sound Mind
An unfamiliar voice proposed something radical and completely unexpected. It told me to go to church. This came as a rather huge surprise, as I am a dedicated non-believer.
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Dreaming Is Play: A New Theory of Dream Psychology

The best way to understand the psychological power of dreaming is to recognize it as a kind of play that promotes the flexibility and adaptive creativity of the human mind.

Nathan Stocker’s New Normal

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in Brick by Brick
On one level, things are going great for Nathan Stocker and his indie rock band Hippo Campus.

Commit to Mental Wellbeing

Do you want motivation and inspiration on ways to commit to mental wellbeing for yourself, your family, your community? Check out these amazing programs from around the world.

6 New Novels With Unexpected, Unforgettable Characters

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 02, 2017 in Creating in Flow
I get bored reading the same kind of novel over and over. But when an author shows me a fresh point of view, I'm hooked. These books lure you in with unusual characters.

How to Improve the Process of Your Next Project

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on January 02, 2017 in Digital Leaders
To ensure great work, I needed to find a way to accelerate the process of cohesion, so I developed the Ways of Working Canvas...

2017 New Year's Resolution: Be More Creative

By Drew Boyd on January 02, 2017 in Inside the Box
Being creative helps you become a better problem solver in all areas of your life and work.

A Message for Artists -- and for the Artist in Everyone

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Art is not a luxury. In the wake of the 2016 election in the United States, making and appreciating art of all kinds is more important than ever. It is vital to our humanity.

50 Poets You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

Let me know what poets from this list whose work you love and let me know, too, what names you think I should have included.

3 Things Your Dreams May Reveal About You

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 31, 2016 in Head Games
Recent research shows how our psychology can be reflected in our dreams.

Creativity and Emotional Well-Being: Recent Research

Creative engagement can impact your general sense of well-being; two recent studies on creativity clarify just how creativity affects emotional health in particular.

Powering Up: Turning on Optimism

Don't live life as if you are "doing time." Let optimism free you from a life of mediocrity.

Why We Owe Carrie Fisher a Debt of Gratitude

Carrie Fisher was a champion for mental health and helped reduce stigma about mental illness and brain disorders. We owe her a debt of gratitude for being open about her struggle.

Why DIY Is Bad Advice for Entrepreneurs and Creatives

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on December 27, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Easy access to information and software doesn't mean you should—or can—build your venture alone. Here's why DIT (Do-It-Together) beats DIY.

Love Conquers All At The Universal Hip Hop Museum

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 23, 2016 in Brick by Brick
In the 45 years since Hip Hop was founded in the South Bronx of New York City, it has been a form of artistic expression to help people deal with various forms of adversity...

Keep the "Child" in Childhood

If we keep chipping away at childhood, how will future generations deal with a world transformed by digital reality and robotic versions of ourselves?

Why Donita Sparks Is a Subversive Ray of Hope

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in Brick by Brick
As the leader of the seminal band L7, Donita Sparks has no time for what you think of her.

Creative Failure Opens Mental Doors

By Ian H. Robertson Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in The Stress Test
Failure has an upside: It chemically changes our brains to broaden our attention and so opens our minds to possibilities that success may blind us to.

How to Create Suspense

By Sheila Kohler on December 22, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
How do you keep a reader reading a text?

Every Professional & Creative Needs This Talent Every Day

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on December 20, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
What if you could approach your work, your family, and yourself with more open intelligence? What if it led to healthier team relationships and more value to your clients?

Re-humanizing thru Art —Pressing On with the Discourse

By David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC on December 20, 2016 in Art on Trial
Relabeling dehumanized inmates with a new self identity may allow them to rise above the oppression that makes it difficult for them to adapt and succeed. Art can help.

5 More Ways to Fight Creative Block and Enter Flow

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 19, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Your inner critic deserves to be called a big jerk because it's judging you prematurely with no basis in truth. Here are some ways to disarm the jerk.

Doing Pointless Things for Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on December 19, 2016 in On Having Fun
Even when we lived in caves, we knew how to have fun.

Blocked as a Writer or Artist? 5 Keys to Moving Forward

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 18, 2016 in Prescriptions for Life
Becoming a successful writer or creative artist is much more than just making good work. It's the head games that will ultimately make or break you: here's how to win.

Autism and Creativity

By Barb Cohen on December 18, 2016 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Autism is associated with rigid thinking, restricted interests, and a literal interpretation of speech and behavior. How could a person with these traits possibly be creative?

Introduction to 52 Ways to Show "I Love You"

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 18, 2016 in Life, Refracted
In hopes that people will explore ways to more sensitively and effectively love and be loved by each other, each Sunday throughout 2017 I will explore a way to express love.

Storytelling Enhances the Influence of Science-Based Writing

By Christopher Bergland on December 16, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Writing in a narrative style—that includes storytelling and sensory language—makes scientific studies on climate change more engaging and impactful, according to a new study.

Anxiety About the Holidays?

By Rick Miller LICSW on December 16, 2016 in Unwrapped
Putting the “new” in New Year!
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Multidimensional Characters and Research Constructs

By Sunil Iyengar on December 15, 2016 in The Value of Art
Can the books we read or the films we watch make us better people? Researchers are trying to find out.

How Mishkin Fitzgerald Emerged From the Darkness

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Mishkin Fitzgerald has never been one to take a conventional path...