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Can you learn to be creative?

Is creativity magical? Not according to those now teaching it as a skill, discovers Colin Barras. Are there really secrets to unlocking your imagination?<p>Is it possible to be learn what it takes to be creative? If you look at great artists, musicians or entrepreneurs, it can seem that creativity is …

Creativity

Vitamin supplement curbs hearing loss after antibiotics

A dietary supplement may offer protection against hearing loss that sometimes occurs after taking antibiotics, according to research with guinea pigs.<p>…

University of Florida

Oblique Strategies: Brian Eno’s Prompts for Overcoming Creative Block, Inspired by John Cage

<i>“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences,”</i> ambient music pioneer <b>Brian Eno</b> wrote in his diary. It is precisely this ethos that explains Eno’s medium-blind, experience-centric creative impulse underpinning the visual arts career that he …

10 Rules for Creative Projects from Iconic Painter Richard Diebenkorn

On a recent visit to the <b>Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966</b> exhibition at San Francisco’s De Young fine arts museum, I was taken with a small, simple sheet of paper handed to visitors, printed on which were the artists’ ten rules for beginning a painting — a sort of manifesto that …

Genius or Process? How Top Creative Directors Come Up With Great Ideas

It's a bit of a pointless exercise to ask creative people where they get their ideas. (As if they know.) What they can reveal, more reliably, are the …

Creativity

How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

For as long as I can remember — and certainly long before I had the term for it — I’ve believed that creativity is combinatorial: Alive and awake to the world, we amass a collection of cross-disciplinary building blocks — knowledge, memories, bits of information, sparks of inspiration, and other …

The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

<i>“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”</i> a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates our negative emotions and “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling. But can a sleep-like state in …

Mastering the Five Levels of Creativity (Part 2)

Bisociative Creativity: Bisociative is a term coined by the controversial novelist Arthur Koestler in his celebrated book <i>The Act of Creation</i> to describe how our conscious mind, when relaxed, can connect rational with intuitive thoughts to produce <i>eureka</i> moments. In the Zen tradition this act of …

The 10 Stages of the Creative Process

The question of what creativity is and how it works will perhaps remain humanity’s most unanswerable — but that hasn’t stopped us from trying. On the heels of Neil Gaiman’s recent reflection on the subject comes one from filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards and daughter of the …

The Psychology of Limitations: How and Why Constraints Can Make You More Creative

Constraints can seem like the last thing you’d want for a creative project, but they’re actually beneficial when it comes to doing good work. If …

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Should Jenny McCarthy Have to Explain Her Son's Autism Diagnosis With the Public?

Love her or loathe her, Jenny McCarthy has certainly thrown the spotlight on autism. <b>The View</b>'s cohost is once again defending the autism diagnosis of her 11-year-old son, Evan Asher, after a media outlet claimed that she changed her position and that her son does not have the disorder. The report, …

Drug reverses autism brain activity in mice, study shows

A generic blood pressure drug could prevent hyperactive brain cell firing associated with early stages of autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study.<p>Injecting pregnant mice with Bumetanide, a diuretic, appears to correct a developmental switch flipped during childbirth that reverses the …

Autism

Understanding Autism: Baby's Delivery May Be Key

Quieting nerve cells in the brain during birth in mice seems to protect against autism, according to a new study.<p>Autism is as mysterious a disease as it is tragic. While there is clearly a genetic component to some forms of the illness, it remains unclear how many genes are involved and what role …

Can diuretic drugs fight autism?

Virgile is one of around 60 children in France who took part in a test trial to treat autism in 2012.<p>They were administered a diuretic drug to determine whether this could alleviate their disorders. The treatment was based on the premise that the neurones of children suffering from autism contain …

How Your Brain Circuits Become Miswired

How do the faulty brain circuits involved in mental disorders such as autism or retardation develop? Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College …

Training the brains of psychopaths: Daniel Reisel at TED2013

Photos: James Duncan Davidson<p>Daniel Reisel is here to talk about our brains. In particular, how we might change them–and how this kind of thinking …

Psychopaths' Brains Aren't Wired To Show Empathy, Study Finds

Psychopaths are unable to show empathy toward others because their brains aren't wired to do so, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry.<p>Researchers from the University of Chicago used brain imaging technology to find that psychopaths have less activation in certain parts of the brain and high …

What autism can teach us about psychoanalysis

It is probably impossible to watch Sophie Robert's extraordinary compelling documentary The Wall: Psychoanalysis Put to the Test for Autism, and not be outraged. Robert's brilliantly crafted polemic, released in France last year, exposes the plight of a person with autism in France today: first …