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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic?

August 19, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Shades of Sensitivity

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

May 4, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, strategy and creativity

Best selling author Ryan Holiday discusses how Stoicism can help us transform trials into triumph. It's a pragmatic episode, full of strategies to invert obstacles and wrest opportunity from adversity.

April 20, 2015 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Cash is Bad for Creativity? Yeah, Right

Cash is Bad for Creativity? Yeah, Right

A discussion once again erupted this month, fuelled by rapid re-sharing of the headline, “Why cash and copyright are bad for creativity” and a post on The Conversation by Dan Hunter.

January 31, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

What Forms of Creativity Turn You On?

It’s no secret: creativity is sexy. People all over the world rank creativity as a highly desirable quality in a partner, and people who are creative across a variety of fields report more sexual partners (similar results have been found in specific fields such as visual art, music, and humor).

December 16, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Controlled Chaos of Creativity

Fifty years ago, Sarnoff Mednick defined the process of creative thinking as "the forming of associative elements into new combinations which either meet specific requirements or are in some way useful.

June 25, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman
The Hidden Power of Others Over You [Video]

The Hidden Power of Others Over You [Video]

        // Editor's note: Brain Basics from Scientific American Mind is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act.

April 29, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Nostalgia and Creativity

Nostalgia and Creativity

Lately I’ve become increasingly nostalgic: Nostalgic of my college years, old friends, and my more carefree days without as many commitments and responsibility.

November 7, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Creative Gifts of ADHD

“Just because a diagnosis [of ADHD] can be made does not take away from the great traits we love about Calvin and his imaginary tiger friend, Hobbes

October 21, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Messy Minds of Creative People

The creative process-- from the first drop of paint on the canvas to the art exhibition-- involves a mix of emotions, drives, skills, and behaviors.

December 24, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned

I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they clearly know things they never learned.

January 28, 2015 — Darold Treffert

Brilliance Often Springs from Boredom

Every so often, we face a job we dread because it seems exceedingly dull. As a child, I felt that way about household chores—scrubbing a toilet, sweeping a floor, wiping a countertop, weeding.

September 11, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren

Introducing… The Imagination Institute!

One of humanity’s most precious resources is imagination. Our ability to overcome the constraints of the present environment and travel to distant places and hopeful futures all in the mind is a skill that is hugely neglected in today’s society.

July 1, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Your Fertile Brain at Work

Scientists have mapped the innovative mind so that we can remake our own in its image

January 1, 2014 — Evangelia G. Chrysikou
The Serious Need for Play

The Serious Need for Play

Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed

January 1, 2014 — Melinda Wenner Moyer

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