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Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

So, What Is Distraction Again?

Distraction and mind-wandering may seem like interchangeable terms, but they're not. It's worth pondering what our brain is doing when it seems to be doing nothing.

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

Being Creative About Staying Creative

By Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 in Our Innovating Minds
Keeping an open mind about — and asking more from — brain training

More Posts on Creativity

Don't Stop Music Learning

I'm a big believer in the key role music and the arts have for a child. Which child might benefit the most? Perhaps it's the ones who struggle the most.

Alone Together and Going Downhill

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Play in Mind
Skiers who tune in tune out of the social side of skiing; insulated and cocooned this way, they miss attunement itself—a vital communal component of play.

The Most Beautiful Embrace of Solitude and Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 Living Single
The most beautiful expression of the single-at-heart sentiment was written nearly 200 years ago by the poet John Keats.

Cam Newton Walks, Chews Gum, and Throws Touchdown Passes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Black Belt Brain
We've all known people who "can't walk and chew gum at the same time." Here's why Cam Newton can do all that and more.

Verbal Odd-One-Out Puzzles

By Marcel Danesi Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Brain Workout
What do odd-one-out puzzles imply psychologically? Perhaps they are mirrors of something that is fundamental to human life—the need for symmetry.

Practicing the Art of Living

When we commit to love relationships we do not renounce our individual powers; we do not give ourselves away. Instead, we build those selves.

4 (More) Solid Tips for Getting Your Relationship Unstuck

By Marty Babits on February 03, 2016 The Middle Ground
Can Jan and Evan's jealousy problem be solved through improved communication?

This Worker Has So Much More to Offer

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 The Human Beast
We are accustomed to thinking about occupations in terms of opportunity. One assumes that an employee acquires skills and becomes more valuable, better paid, and happier.

6 Tips to Negotiate a Speaking Contract

Speaking is a great way to earn some extra money AND get new clients. Here are 6 questions to need to ask when negotiating a speaking contract so you don't blow it.

7 Surprising Insights About How Genius Happens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Creating in Flow
Genius—the ability to make leaps of innovation—isn't a product only of nature or nurture. Living in a place and time that encourages the flourishing of genius helps too.

Four Levels of Lucid Dreaming

Knowing that you are dreaming is the first step to lucid dreaming but there are at least four levels of lucid dreaming. How do you get there?

How the Science of Creative Mindfulness Helps

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on February 01, 2016 Tracking Wonder
If anxiety stalls your best work, consider these simple ways to redirect your attention.

Death and Decorating

By Tina Traster on February 01, 2016 Against All Odds
Death makes us want to be in control. Decorating is often a simple way to push back on the feeling of helplessness

Child Art Therapy: How It Works

Art therapy often begs the response—“But it’s just arts and crafts!” Art therapy is not just “arts and crafts" or even its first cousin, the ubiquitous coloring book.

Einstein's Creative Thinking and Relativity

Albert Einstein's creation of the General Theory of Relativity is still operative today. His initial conception consisted of the creative cognition, the janusian process.

Creativity in Time and Place

The Leonardos of the world have appeared in clusters over historical time and geographical space. Popular writer Eric Weiner tries to make sense of it for you, sort of.

Creation or Stagnation?

How can we overcome stagnation and reach beyond the status quo?

Study Fact-Checks Influence of Immigration on Jobs

By Garth Sundem on January 26, 2016 Brain Trust
Research shows that the diversity from immigration leads to wage growth and higher productivity in STEM fields.

How Images Can Fire Up Your Writing Brain

By Susan Reynolds on January 25, 2016 Prime Your Gray Cells
Stimulation prepping via images lights up the specific neuronal network focused on your particular writing project and fuels imagination and creativity.

How Breakthrough Ideas Become Mainstream

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Innovation You
There can be no variation, deviance or innovation if we do not share a nexus, fulcrum or center by which to gauge and navigate a way forward together.

Resistance is Futile

By Drew Boyd on January 25, 2016 Inside the Box
Innovation and resistance cannot be separated. In a real sense, they help define each other. Creative types need a way to overcome it.

Is "The Revenant" Psychologically Harmful?

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on January 21, 2016 Reel Therapy
"The Revenant" has already garnered lots of awards for its quality. But a psychological warning should be attached to this film.

Peeling Away the Layers: Art Therapy with a Sex Offender

It's difficult yet rewarding to address the needs of this marginal—and oftentimes disturbing—population.

Does Creativity Come From Persistence or Flexibility?

By Garth Sundem on January 20, 2016 Brain Trust
If you think broadly, you will find creative ideas among irrelevant ones. If you think deeply, you will eventually dig through mundane ideas and into original ones below.

The Sexiest Love Letters

Writing sexy love letters has been around since Renaissance times. It's one of the many ways a couple can show their love for one another. This article inspires writing one.

Adversity and the Creative Mind

Everyone experiences adversity, but some people use adversity to their psychological advantage. Do you?

3 New Books That Get Psychology Right

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Creating in Flow
Books are best when they do more than one thing well. The ones reviewed here show that their authors understand human nature and can handle plot and setting with aplomb.

A Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences:What Are the Odds?

Statisticians explain coincidences as random events. So they look for ways to explain why non-statisticians find other explanations.

Albert Ellis: A Creative Revolutionist

How can one explain the creativity of Albert Ellis, a legendary psychologist?

The Hero Within

Most people have no idea that the stories inside our heads determine much of what we notice in the world or how we string our observations together to make meanings of them.