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Are Creative People More Likely to Be Psychopathic?

Psychopathy, a trait associated with antisocial qualities, may show up in a prosocial form among creative people. New research shows the physiology supporting this intriguing link.

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.

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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.
Mack Hicks

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.
K. Ramsland

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?

Can Laughter Be an Antibiotic for Pain?

Have you ever had a horrible day? A day that’s so horrible it’s funny? What is it exactly that turns life’s problems into punch lines?

Group Think and Academia: Shocking Shakespeare Shenanigans

Why does the authorship question matter? What are the new discoveries about Shakespeare?

Tic Tock: Reflections on Tourette Syndrome Over Time

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on March 09, 2016 in Evolving Minds
Who Knew it was Tourette Syndrome?

Building Bridges: Music Therapy in Hospice Care

The practice of including music therapy as a hospice and palliative care treatment option began to grow significantly beginning on the 1990s. Here's how music therapists help.

Play Life More Beautifully: A Meeting With Seymour Bernstein

By Mark Matousek on March 08, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
In a new book and documentary, Seymour Bernstein, the legendary pianist and teacher, explains why music is a metaphor for life, and how each us can locate his essential passion

Should You Trust Your Insight?

By Garth Sundem on March 08, 2016 in Brain Trust
Without really knowing where an insight solution comes from, can you trust it?

Why You and Your Kids Should be Involved in a Play

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
Whether on stage or behind the scenes, theatre is so often not just fun but transformative.

The Conscious Company and Other Myths

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 07, 2016 in Innovation You
Like a good, difficult question, consciousness is not a single problem that is solved once: it continues onward and gains complexity over time.

Stretching Your Legs Is Good for Your Mind

Get up out of that chair and lace on your walking shoes!

Imagination and the Diametric Model of Mental Illness

Imagination is the facet of autism that best accounts for its male-biased sex ratio, and higher genetic risk of schizophrenia is associated with enhanced imagination.
E. Engstrom

Sex, Sense and Sensuality

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 02, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Writing about sex and sensuality opens up one's perspective in new ways, improving writing and enhancing life.
Image courtesy of Estelle Erasmus

7 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Child's Education

By Estelle Erasmus on March 01, 2016 in The Practice of Parenting
Wondering about the best way you can support your child in his/her growth and development? We've got the answers.

The Power of Movement

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on February 29, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Three scientific studies appeared this week, trumpeting the “power of movement” in combating death, depression, and disease. Is knowing this information enough?

Expressive Arts Therapy and Windows of Tolerance

The process of recovery happens by taking small steps that can be safely tolerated rather than stretching one’s limits.

A Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences (Part 2)

Focusing on the apparent low probability of the current coincidence can cause us to incorrectly estimate its actual probability.

10 Clever Wordplay Puzzles to Challenge Your Brain

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 28, 2016 in Brain Workout
Does reversing letters in some words create new meanings? Find out with ten puzzles to challenge your verbal imagination.

Are You In Need of Bibliotherapy?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on February 27, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
The allure of books has been recognized for centuries. But why is fiction so therapeutic? Can you take advantage of this and buy novels instead of therapy sessions?