How Ovulation Affects Your Creativity (Even If You're a Guy)

A women's menstrual cycle can affect more than just the way she feels physically and emotionally. The hormone changes might also influence creativity, with research suggesting the phases before and during ovulation can spur creativity—in both women and the men around them. » 4/15/14 3:30pm 4/15/14 3:30pm

Woman Applies for Internships With a Tiny Lego Version of Herself

File this under ideas that are so good they make the rest of us regular job applicants look bad: a hopeful ad agency intern has figured out a way to stand out from the pack of other applicants for the job she covets by making a miniature Lego version of herself. » 3/26/14 4:15pm 3/26/14 4:15pm

When Do We Reach Our Creative Peaks?

A recent paper out of the Erasmus School of Economics in the Netherlands explored the lives of artists to estimate the average time most people reach their creative peaks. By collecting data from 221 famous painters of the 19th and 20th centuries, the paper's author — economist P.H. Franses — found that artists on… » 11/27/13 4:20pm 11/27/13 4:20pm

Creative People Are Literally Crazy

Is anyone shocked by new research which shows that people in creative professions are treated more often for mental illness than the general population? » 10/16/12 5:30pm 10/16/12 5:30pm

Modern Society Making Kids Uncreative and Stuff

A new study shows that current emphasis placed on memorization and test taking is Leaving The Children Behind on the creative front. Yes, kids today are duller and less creative than ever.* » 8/14/11 1:47pm 8/14/11 1:47pm

Can We Teach Kids To Be More Creative?

According to researchers, American children are getting smarter, but they are also getting less creative. Is there anything we can do about this crisis of creativity? » 7/12/10 1:30pm 7/12/10 1:30pm

Science Connects Mental Illness And Creativity

Researchers have found that a key brain system is similar in creative, mentally healthy people and people with schizophrenia, bolstering the notion that the factors that contribute to mental illness may also confer benefits. » 5/18/10 2:00pm 5/18/10 2:00pm

Genius Is Like "Mystical Fairy Juice," Says Eat, Pray, Love Author

Do society's expectations destroy geniuses? So says the ubiquitous Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love (which we promise not to bash at all in this post). » 2/09/09 2:40pm 2/09/09 2:40pm

"Thinking About It Again, And Again, And Again": How Rumination May…

Here's some news that may leave you emotionally conflicted and intellectually uncertain: several studies have found a link between creativity and bipolar disorder. According to CNN » 10/09/08 6:20pm 10/09/08 6:20pm, a study by Stanford psychologist Terrence Ketter showed bipolar patients scoring up to 50 percent higher on "creativity tests" than a…

In Defense of Depression

I have never been an exceedingly happy person. For those people who (offline) found me chipper or perky, well, I'm sorry, but I was probably faking it. On the other hand, I've studied two instruments, 3 languages, 5 or 6 different types of dance and I left a promising mainstream job to write for a living. The times in… » 2/04/08 6:00pm 2/04/08 6:00pm