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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

The Science of Genius

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

By Dean Keith Simonton

The Unleashed Mind

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

By Shelley Carson

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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