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The Origins of Creativity

New evidence of ancient ingenuity forces scientists to reconsider when our ancestors started thinking outside the box

By Heather Pringle

Predicting Artistic Brilliance

A “rage to master,” as observed in some precocious young artists, may help define extreme visual creativity

By Jennifer E. Drake and Ellen Winner

The Science of Genius

Outstanding creativity in all domains may stem from shared attributes and a common process of discovery

By Dean Keith Simonton

When High IQs Hang Out

“Genius” societies offer a social network for the top tier of test takers By Lena Groeger

By Lena Groeger

The Unleashed Mind

Highly creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us. Now researchers know why

By Shelley Carson

Charles J. Limb: Inner Sparks

The Hearing specialist and sax player says that studying the brain during flights of improvisation may provide new understanding of creativity—as well as insight into the musical genius of John Coltrane...

By Alicia Anstead

Leonardo da Vinci, Neuroscientist

Creativity may be defined as productivity marked by originality. Leonardo's studies of the brain were as creative as his art

By Jonathan Pevsner

Answers while You Sleep

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

By Deirdre Barrett

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

By Josie Glausiusz

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

By Melinda Wenner Moyer

Your Fertile Brain at Work

Scientists have mapped the innovative mind so that we can remake our own in its image

By Evangelia G. Chrysikou

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...

By Mariette DiChristina, John Houtz, Julia Cameron and Robert Epstein

Engines of Innovation

Most of humanity now lives in a metropolis. That simple fact helps to fuel our continued success as a species

By Edward Glaeser

Bigger Cities Do More with Less

New science reveals why cities become more creative and efficient as they grow

By Luís M. A. Bettencourt and Geoffrey B. West

Switching on Creativity

The extraordinary abilities of savants have inspired a brain-stimulation technique for enabling creative insight

By Allan W. Snyder, Sophie Ellwood and Richard P. Chi


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