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.

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Excellence Gaps In Education: A Major, But Solvable, Problem

Are talented but disadvantaged students performing lower than their full potential? And if so, what can we do to help them?

Poetry In a Time of Crisis

Poetry is a place where we can preserve our imaginations, as well as necessary silence.

Deadlines and the Pacing of Creative Projects

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
What pacing best gives your creative process the space and freedom it needs?

Finding Gratitude in Mistakes

By Julie K. Hersh on December 03, 2016 in Struck By Living
Are you having trouble coping with the holiday family get togethers? This might help.

New Fun Ways to Share Art with Kids

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Most kids love to fool around with diverse art materials. Go a step further by helping them appreciate great art while encouraging their own creativity. It's surprisingly easy.

Are Humans "Born to Move"?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"

Art Therapy and Fear: Acknowledging the Dread

When fear is the dominant narrative, a few creative practices may help. Here are some recommendations for assisting those most vulnerable to trauma at this critical time.

The Dangerous “Reveries” of HBO's Westworld Series

By Amy Fries on November 28, 2016 in The Power of Daydreaming
What do Stephen Hawking and HBO's new series Westworld have in common? Dire warnings of ways in which artificial intelligence can learn to out-maneuver us.

Need a Creativity Boost? Try This New Multi-Pronged Approach

By Christopher Bergland on November 28, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Groundbreaking research pinpoints the building blocks of creativity. If you want to increase your creative activity—this multi-faceted checklist can serve as a valuable resource.

Writing the Truth With Empathy and Ethics

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Rebecca Skloot’s masterpiece on Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa story is also a study in the difficult art of sticking to the facts.

A Hopeful Right Turn in Treating Addictions

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Listen Up!
Tired of the unhelpful stigma and shaming surrounding addiction treatment? Here's a different approach.

For Christmas, I Gave My Child An Empty Box

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
This Black Friday, avoid the mall. Instead, give your child gifts this Christmas that build real creativity and are good for them, physically and intellectually.

Where Do Creative Ideas Come From?

By Drew Boyd on November 21, 2016 in Inside the Box
Mankind has used patterns for thousands of years to solve problems and innovate. Learn how to reapply those patterns to anything you want to innovate.

5 Lessons About Success from Nobel Laureates

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Nobel laureates are frequently asked their secret to winning a Nobel Prize. Read what guest blogger David Pratt learned by examining laureates' lives.

Curiosity

By Graham Collier on November 18, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Has the vast range of information available these days intensified a general level of curiosity or not?

The Soothing Balm of Music

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Your Musical Self
Music can help us cry, grieve, and ultimately feel relief. Here are 9 ways to harness that.

Digging Deep

By The Book Brigade on November 17, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Digging in the garden may be the perfect antidote to our tech-heavy times. It connects us not only to the natural world but also to our inner selves.

Big Mistake: Small Kids Left to Their Own Devices

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on November 16, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Screens blot out the lived-in world of people and things, increasingly leading to narcissism, reduced empathy, and low self-esteem.

The True Outlaw Attraction of the Heartbreakers

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Brick by Brick
In 1975, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan joined Richard Hell and Walter Lure to form the Heartbreakers — “the first great punk rock supergroup.”

Solving the Mystery of the Angel of the Asphalt

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Play in Mind
Most of us can look back, and with good reason, wonder how we ever survived our childhoods.
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Lessons from the Trump Campaign

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Play in Mind
The bully’s sneer provides the age-old cue: Glee tinged with cruelty is not play.

Why “Doing Nothing” Improves Productivity and Well Being

By Ray Williams on November 09, 2016 in Wired for Success
There’s compelling evidence that slowing down and actually "doing nothing" can actually improve productivity and increase happiness.

Initial Letter Logic Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Brain Workout
Life is hectic. Doing word puzzles such as the initial letter logic ones may help make your daily hassles more bearable. They are their own reward.

Awardwinning Play, Film About Humans, not Psychopathology

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Science Isn't Golden
Are you tired of plays and movies focused on people's pathology and meanness? Awardwinning play opening November 9 might be for you!

Creativity, Space Flight & the United (Or Un-United) States

By Liane Gabora Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in Mindbloggling
Artworks from Earth could make astronauts homesick. But robots that generate artistic works in situ would not only provide fun and diversion but help forge a collective memory.

The "I Ching" as Facilitator in Psychotherapy

By Susan Rako M.D. on November 06, 2016 in More Light
When therapy seems stuck, ancient Chinese wisdom may come to the rescue.

Time Travel: When "Be Here Now" Isn't Enough

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Creating in Flow
There's something compelling about time travel novels in which characters go back in time to change or fix the past. Here are a few new books—and worlds—to try out.

How to Relax and Enjoy Life in a Fear-Mongering World

Take a pen or pencil with you and write out what scares you. Make a story out of it it. Then it's yours; it's not something that happens to you. It's something you own.

I'll Do It Tomorrow

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on November 04, 2016 in Life Gets Better
Strategies of avoidance can come to dominate our lives, but there are ways to induce ourselves to get things done instead of putting things off in an endless cycle.

Illustrating Mental Health With Cartoons

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Cartoons allow audiences to grasp intricate aspects of psychological disorders.