12/21/2012

Creativity and Cognition, 12/2012

Credit: TED author Tiffany Shlain
Credit: TED author Tiffany Shlain

1.) "The Parallels between Our Highly Wired Minds and Networks: Q & A with TED author Tiffany Shlain": Click here to read: "Can we draw instructive parallels between the development of the human brain and the emergence of the electronic global ‘brain’ of the Internet? New research in neuroscience suggests that, yes, we can. In the new TED ebook, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain explores the links between the two. The book also arrives concurrently with a 10-minute film of the same name, marking the first time a TED Book and film have been released together."

2.) "Scientists Maps How Brain Changes When Being Creative" by PRI: Click here to read: "Different parts of the brain are active at different times and when it is engaged in a creative pursuit, that's especially so. Not only do creative tasks require a specific part of the brain to be active, but the brain also shuts down other parts, to get you out of your own way."

3.) "How Thinking for Others Can Boost Your Creativity" by The British Psychological Society: Click here to read: The next time you're struggling to solve a creative problem, try solving it for someone else. According to Evan Polman and Kyle Emich, we're more capable of mental novelty when thinking on behalf of strangers than for ourselves. This is just the latest extension of research into construal level theory, an intriguing concept that suggests various aspects of psychological distance can affect our thinking style..."

4.) "A Brain With a Heart: Oliver Sacks Has Made a literary Art of Staring into the Minds of Others. So What Does He Make of His Own" by David Wallace-Wells: Click here to read: "To talk of diseases is a sort of Arabian Nights entertainment,” ran the epigraph to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks’s fourth book and his first best seller—the one that made him famous, in 1985, as a Scheherazade of brain disorder. A sensitive bedside-manner neurologist, he had previously written three books, none of which had attracted much notice at all... Sacks was 52 years old and cripplingly withdrawn, a British alien living a lonely aquatic life on City Island, and for about ten years had been dealing with something like what he’d later call “the Lewis Thomas crisis,” after the physician and biologist who decided, in his fifties, to devote himself to writing essays and poetry..."

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