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Let Your Creativity Soar

In a discussion with Scientific American editor in chief Mariette DiChristina, three noted experts on creativity, each with a very different perspective and background, reveal powerful ways to unleash your creative self

March 1, 2017 — Mariette Dichristina, John Houtz, Julia Cameron and Robert Epstein

A Rare Success against Alzheimer's

A gold-standard clinical trial provides evidence that diet, exercise and an active social life can help prevent cognitive decline

April 1, 2017 — Miia Kivipelto and Krister Håkansson

The Serious Need for Play

Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed

March 1, 2017 — Melinda Wenner Moyer

Living in an Imaginary World

Daydreaming can help solve problems, trigger creativity, and inspire great works of art and science. When it becomes compulsive, however, the consequences can be dire

March 1, 2017 — Josie Glausiusz

Answers in Your Dreams

When you dream, you enter an alternative state of consciousness—a time when true inspiration can strike

March 1, 2017 — Deirdre Barrett