Talent Development Resources Caffeine can help enhance thinking and creativity for many people, but there are cautions about using such a potent stimulant. In an article, Maria Konnikova notes one artist who went way beyond a cup or two of caffeine to boost his creativity: writer Honoré de Balzac [1799–1850] “is said to have consumed the equivalent of fifty cups of coffee a day at his peak. He did not drink coffee, though—he pulverized coffee beans into a fine dust and ingested the dry powder on an empty stomach. Unlocking the Mysteries of The Artistic Mind Consider the flightless fluffs of brown otherwise known as herring gull chicks. Since they're entirely dependent on their mothers for food, they're born with a powerful instinct. Whenever they see a bird beak, they frantically peck at it, begging for their favorite food: a regurgitated meal. But this reflex can be manipulated.
The Happiness Habits Seven years ago as I was going through the MAPP at the University of East London, I had a distinct sense that there were two types of positive psychologists: the researchers and the practitioners. I was definitely in the latter camp. The ‘A’ in my degree title is important.
Beauty and the Brain Illustration by Gluekit Why is something beautiful? David Hume argued that beauty exists not in things but “in the mind that contemplates them.” Shedden Family Law Blog It probably hasnt escaped your notice, but Mindfulness is starting to become a bit of a “buzz” word these days. You can often read about it now in magazines and news articles, or hear about it on the radio. The practice of mindfulness is being introduced into all sorts of establishments such as prisons, schools and hospitals. Maybe you know of someone personally who practises mindfulness meditation or has participated on a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course? Maybe it is being introduced into your workplace?
Wired 13.02: Revenge of the Right Brain Logical and precise, left-brain thinking gave us the Information Age. Now comes the Conceptual Age - ruled by artistry, empathy, and emotion. By Daniel H. PinkPage 1 of 2 next » Know the signs of stress and avoid a breakdown “I burst out crying at Victoria Station on the way to a meeting. I was so tired in all aspects and couldn’t focus on anything. I had a snotty face and spent three hours crying non-stop, sitting in Wetherspoon’s, on the phone to my mother as she coaxed me on to a train to her home in the Midlands where I slept for six weeks.”
Mathematical beauty activates same brain region as great art or music People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty. There are many different sources of beauty -- a beautiful face, a picturesque landscape, a great symphony are all examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty. Mathematicians often describe mathematical formulae in emotive terms and the experience of mathematical beauty has often been compared by them to the experience of beauty derived from the greatest art.
MPs Slow The Westminster Treadmill With Weekly 'Mindfulness' Meetings Chris Ruane has a treadmill in the corner of his office. But judging by the boxes of loose paper piled high on it, the machine does not get used too often. The Labour backbencher points to it as a rather neat example of his mission to get his colleagues to slow their lives down. The Vale of Clwyd MP is parliament's leading advocate of mindfulness - a form of meditation he describes as "the breath that allows us to anchor ourselves in the present". And the technique for battling stress has a growing fan base within the walls of the Palace of Westminster, where under-pressure politicians are being taught to spend less time focusing on the things that drain them. So far 50 MPs and peers have taken part in weekly mindfulness sessions in parliament.
Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups by Maria Popova “If you just pick one human you can change for the better, with work that might not work — that’s what art is.” At the 2014 HOW conference, Debbie Millman, host of the excellent interview show Design Matters and a remarkable mind, sat down with the prolific Seth Godin to discuss courage, anxiety, change, creative integrity, and why he got thrown out of Milton Glaser’s class. She used an unusual book of Godin’s as the springboard for their wide-ranging conversation: V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone (public library) — an alphabet book for grownups illustrated by Hugh MacLeod with a serious and rather urgent message about what it means and what it takes to dream, to live with joy, to find our purpose and do fulfilling work.