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The Four Creativity Archetypes

People embrace creativity in different ways. Which one describes you? Published on November 4, 2014 by?Drew Boyd?in?Inside the Box An archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype after which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all. Archetypes put context to a situation. Archetypes are used in many domains. Marketers, for example, create archetypes to attach apersonality?to a brand.? In?politics, it's useful to understand whether a commentator is an "archetypical democrat" or an "archetypical republican."?Religion, business,?education: all use archetypes in some form. Creative activity can be defined by four archetypes: The?Creativity?Doer: This is a practitioner ...

Memory Gimmicks 4: Story Chains

Brains are wired for stories. Published on September 14, 2014 by?William R. Klemm, D.V.M, Ph.D.?in?Memory Medic As we took our hour and a half drive to Houston, my granddaughter was practicing a school assignment of memorizing the names of the first 10 presidents. By the time we got there, she still had not done it. I told her a simple way to memorize such sequential lists, and showed her that she could have mastered the task in about 10 minutes. The solution is one of the oldest mnemonic devices: create image-based story chains. The idea is to imagine an image for each ...

Art as Therapy

What I learned from my clients Published on October 21, 2014 by?Sam Louie, MA, LMHC?in?Minority Report What is art and how is it therapeutic? I had the privilege of meeting up with one of my mentors in the therapy field the other week and she has quite an interesting approach to therapy. When appropriate she encourages her clients to express themselves through photography. As they say, ?A picture is worth a thousand words? so she asks them to take pictures of themselves, nature, or whatever is around them that best captures their emotional state. As a former journalist, I have found tremendous healing, insight, ...

The Internet Probably Isn?t Ruining Your Teenager?s Brain

BY?CHRISTIAN JARRETT 09.03.14 We now spend so much time on the Internet it feels as though it must be changing our brains somehow. People say they feel more distracted, less patient. There are particular concerns about the effect of the Internet on teens. A?2012 survey?of US teachers found that 87 per cent believed the Internet?is?creating a distracted generation. What?s the reality? Kathryn Mills?at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London has just published?a new open-access article?in the respected journal?Trends in Cognitive Sciences?on the topic of Internet effects on teenage brains. A doctoral student currently?researching?brain development in?adolescence, Mills?reviews the relevant literature and concludes that ?There ...

Getting Past the Unfairness of Life: 3 Reasons, 3 Ways

Changes in mindset can help you move past life's hardships and get on with life Published on September 16, 2014 by?Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D.?in?High Octane Women When I was a freshman in college, I received a call from a family member telling me that my mother was in the hospital. It was a surprise to hear because my mom was young and healthy as far as anyone knew, but I was told that I needed to come home. Although I lived less than two hours away, when I got to the hospital, she was?unconscious?and she passed away soon after I arrived. She ...

Top 10 List to Improve Your Child’s Memory

A neurologist/classroom teacher's ten tips: Be your child's memory coach. Published on April 4, 2009 by?Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed.?in?Radical Teaching One of the most exciting areas is brain-based memory research we now have is neuroimaging and brain-mapping studies to view the working brain as it learns. These memory tips are derived from my background as a neurologist. I review the neuroimaging research. I then use my experience as a classroom teacher to make connections between the research and strategies that are NEURO-LOGICAL.   DESTRESS:?Stress causes the brain intake systems to send information into the Reactive brain (automatic-fight, flight, freeze) and prevents information flow through ...

Think With Your Hands

New research suggests that we think with our hands as much as our brains. Published on August 26, 2014 by?Rod Judkins, MA, RCA?in?Connect to Creativity Artists now fulfil the role once taken by philosophers and priests. Exploring the values and meaning of our culture in schools is now left to the art department. Art is now the main area that develops a child?s ability to question and challenge ideas. Art encourages us to think for ourselves and develop our own ideas. The obsession with memorising information in schools means that character and independent thought are now mainly developed in school art rooms ...

Bullying and Back-to-School Anxiety

Six tips for parents to support your kids in the new school year Published on August 11, 2014 by?Elizabeth J. Meyer, Ph.D.?in?Gender and Schooling   It?s hard to believe, but summer is winding down and many children will be returning back to school in the coming weeks. With the new school year there are many children who will be experiencing anxiety about the first days of school for many reasons: starting in a new school, wondering about the new teachers?but for kids who have been targeted for?bullying?and harassment, back to school can be a nightmare. As a former high school teacher and author ...

10 Ways to Improve Your Brain Health

The best evidence-based ways to increase your brain power Published on July 17, 2014 by?Bryan Roche, Ph.D.?in?IQ Boot Camp There are lots of crazy claims out there about how to become more intelligent or train your?brain?to be smarter or healthier, but what many people do not know is that many of these have been properly scientifically investigated, and some fairly persuasive evidence exists for many of them. So here are 10 ways to help you reach your full intellectual potential and improve your brain health, with each of the ten suggestions having at least somewhat respectable evidence in their favor. As we ...

10 Frightening Costs of Sleep Loss

Low sleep has a startling effect on every aspect of long-term health. Published on July 18, 2014 by?Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D.?in?High Octane Women With the?Centers for Disease Control and Preventionreporting that 30 percent of American workers get fewer than 6 hours of?sleep?per night, it's fair to say that lack of sleep has become a pervasive problem in the United States. But while it's common knowledge that sleep loss can have a significant impact on our current health and well-being, recent research finds that its implications for our future selves are even more frightening. Sleep deprivation has been associated with immediate, increased risk for ...