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How To Increase IQ by 10% Using The Weirdest Method Ever. The Dark Side of Creativity. Creative individuals are more likely to be arrogant, good liars, distrustful, dishonest and maybe just a little crazy—OK, let’s say eccentric.

The Dark Side of Creativity

We hear a lot about the benefits of being creative but less about the dark side of creativity. I recently wrote about why people secretly fear creative ideas, which hints at a dark side, but what about creative people themselves? Do they pay a price for their creativity? Psychological research has only recently begun examining the dark side of creativity but it’s already turning up some interesting findings. Here are some of my favourite insights. The Most Beautiful Thing We Can Experience Is The Mysterious. 20 Signs You’re A Creative Type. “Others have seen what is and asked why…I have seen what could be and asked why not.” ― Picasso 1.

20 Signs You’re A Creative Type

The Best Online Lectures and Talks to Boost Your Brain. Brain Rules by John Medina - Book Review, Summary and Notes. Knowing and being able to apply time management techniques is a great thing but to truly understand the principles behind them is whole other thing.

Brain Rules by John Medina - Book Review, Summary and Notes

To truly grasp the concepts you have to have a good understanding of how our brains work (neuroscience). Every time management expert I know, ranging from David Allen to Tony Schwartz, are all very knowledgeable on the brain and how it affects your personal productivity. That does not mean you have to be an expert on the brain to become better at managing your life and time, but it would definitely help. Use Counterfactual Thinking for a Creativity Boost. This Is Why You Should Stop Thinking About Learning Languages But Start To Learn Now. Born Hatin’: Why Some People Dislike Everything. There’s only one way to avoid any and all criticism: say nothing and do nothing.

Born Hatin’: Why Some People Dislike Everything

If you aren’t coming across any critics, you’re probably not headed in the right direction. This doesn’t mean that progress is always met with constant friction. Any worthwhile work will elicit criticism (and it should, thoughtful input makes us better). Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory. Austin Kleon: Inertia Is the Antithesis of Creativity. Poet, writer, artist, upstart… Austin Kleon is a shifty character—in the best possible sense.

Austin Kleon: Inertia Is the Antithesis of Creativity

Risk Rage – Why Do Smart People Believe Dumb Things? Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy? The mythology of the mad artist continues in various forms, supported to some extent by research.

Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?

For example, there are studies indicating writers are more susceptible to depression. Video from World Science Festival: ‘Genius’ Dark Cousin’ – “When talking about geniuses, the conversation inevitably strays towards topics of eccentricity, or even madness. One needs only to look at the lives of artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Rothko, or to mathematician John Nash (pictured)—whose battle with paranoid schizophrenia was made famous in the film A Beautiful Mind—as examples of the thin line between brilliance and insanity. “But is there really anything to this idea of the “tortured genius”?

Or is it just a romanticized notion exaggerated by film and literature? Research shows strategic thinking strengthens intellectual capacity - PsyPost. Strategy-based cognitive training has the potential to enhance cognitive performance and spill over to real-life benefit according to a data-driven perspective article by the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.

Research shows strategic thinking strengthens intellectual capacity - PsyPost

The research-based perspective highlights cognitive, neural and real-life changes measured in randomized clinical trials that compared a gist-reasoning strategy-training program to memory training in populations ranging from teenagers to healthy older adults, individuals with brain injury to those at-risk for Alzheimer’s disease. “Our brains are wired to be inspired,” said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHeath and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. The training across the studies was short, ranging from 8 to 12 sessions delivered over one to two months in 45 to 60 minute time periods. How data science and A.I. can enhance the creative process. VentureBeat’s DataBeat conference is coming up on May 19-20, and we’re excited to announce a very cool session with Sean Gourley of Quid and Dan Buczaczer of VivaKi.

How data science and A.I. can enhance the creative process

Note: The room is filling up quickly, and ticket prices shoot up soon. Register now and save $200. Whew! Seeing Jesus in grilled cheese part of normal brain processing: researchers. TORONTO - There are numerous well-publicized examples of people reportedly discovering famous faces on everyday objects, from the visage of Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich to the Virgin Mary on a flour tortilla and Elvis Presley on a potato chip.

Whew! Seeing Jesus in grilled cheese part of normal brain processing: researchers

Is it a miracle? Neuroscientists. Thinking. Conscious Learning. Prescriptions Drugs More Deadly Than Car Accidents, Guns, and Suicide. The slaughter of 29 women and two men in an alleged house of prostitution shows the danger of the Iraqi government’s reliance on Shia militias for its defense.

Prescriptions Drugs More Deadly Than Car Accidents, Guns, and Suicide

BAGHDAD, Iraq — If the gunmen who carried out a mass killing Saturday night escape punishment it will be not only because the victims were prostitutes, all too often friendless and forgotten, but also because the government needs to keep the murderers on its side. Officially, Iraq’s Ministry of the Interior is still investigating the crime, but many Iraqis believe it’s clear who is responsible. They say the killing was carried out by members of a local Shia militia, religious extremists whose armed members both cooperate and compete with the government for control of the area where the killing occurred.

Twenty-nine women, reported to be prostitutes, were executed inside the apartment where they worked in the Zayouna neighborhood on Baghdad’s east side. Two men also were found dead inside, one of them the reported pimp. Adult Women Are the New Face of ADHD. ADHD isn’t just for young boys anymore. Women ages 24 to 36 are the fastest-growing population getting treated for the disorder. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was once thought to be the purview of hyper little boys, but a recent study shows that women are the fastest growing market for ADHD medication. While debate rages over ever-increasing diagnosis rates of ADHD in children, a quiet minority has been slowly building.

The study found that between 2008 and 2012 the use of ADHD meds jumped a whopping 85 percent among women ages 24 to 36. Scientists Finally Show How Your Thoughts Can Cause Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes. With evidence growing that training the mind or inducing certain modes of consciousness can have positive health effects, researchers have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. A new study by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of intensive mindfulness practice. The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities.

After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences, including altered levels of gene-regulating machinery and reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation. The study was published in the Journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. According to Dr. In fact, Dr. How to Rewire Your Brain for Success. The most recent edition of The New Yorker magazine contains an article about neuroscientists who study the way the brain retrieves memories.

What they've found out is probably the most important breakthrough of all time in the field of success training. How the Brain Remembers Most people think about human memory as a videotape or computer memory. When you remember something, you're playing back the memory, which is vivid or vague depending on how good you are at remembering things. It turns out that human memory isn't like that at all. Rather than video playback, human memory is more like video editing. According to the latest research, it's possible to intentionally edit bad memories to remove the bad feelings associated with those memories. Training the older brain in 3D: video game enhances cognitive performance. Got rhythm? You can learn languages and reading better. Researchers observe never-before-detected brain activity in deep coma.

Flat line and Nu-complex signals (credit: Daniel Kroeger et al. /PLoS ONE) University of Montreal researchers have found brain activity that kicks in after a patient’s EEG shows an isoelectric (“flat line”) EEG, according to their paper in PLoS ONE (open access). The flatline EEG (brainwave) pattern is usually recorded during very deep coma and is considered to be one of the limit points in establishing brain death.

Bodily maps of emotions. Bodily topography of basic (Upper) and nonbasic (Lower) emotions associated with words. The body maps show regions whose activation increased (warm colors) or decreased (cool colors) when feeling each emotion. (Credit: Lauri Nummenmaa et al. A brain area unique to humans is linked to strategic planning/decision making/multitasking. How the brain forms time-linked memories. It’s Shockingly Easy to Create False Memories. A gene that stimulates growth of new brain cells in adults. The First Map Showing All the Connections in Your Brain's White Matter.

Well-connected hemispheres of Einstein’s brain may have contributed to his brilliance. Albert Einstein’s corpus callosum, connecting the two cerebral hemispheres of the brain. THE WORLD IS GETTING SMARTER. The Human Brain Project has officially begun. Crazy people who are productive are geniuses. Crazy people who are rich are eccentric. Crazy people who are neither productive nor rich are just plain crazy. Geniuses and crazy people are both out in the middle of a deep ocean; geniuses swim, crazy people. The Top 10 Crazy Bastards Who Actually Changed the World (For the Better) Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss ... - Eleanor Roosevelt at Lifehack Quotes. First map of core white-matter connections of human brain developed at USC. The Original Example Of A Freudian Slip.