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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

Inner Spark: Using Music to Study Creativity

A 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

Answers in Your Dreams

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

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

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