Uncanny Valley

With bright red lips, rosy cheeks, and painted smiles, clowns are creepy. They make us balloons shaped like puppies, dance and tell jokes; they even come out of small clown cars, all to make us laugh. So why are these … READ MORE>>

Until Inspiration Comes Along: Five Habits of Creative People

You may still be a writer in search of an agent, or an artist in search of a patron, but you’re determined to get that first creative endeavor finished some time this year and show the world what you’ve got. … READ MORE>>

The Creative Process of Storytelling

A CONVERSATION WITH CLAY KAYTIS AND FERGAL REILLY – DIRECTORS OF ‘THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE’ You’ve probably heard of Angry Birds — the popular phone app video game, or you’re one of the many who can’t stop playing it. Now, … READ MORE>>

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An Exploration of Optical Illusions: Part 2

Last week, we explored the science of the infamous dress that rocked the Internet – blue and black, white and gold? Today we will continue this theme as we investigate the broader world of optical illusions. The vision scientist Michael … READ MORE>>

The Neuroscience of Comedy

“A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes have rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his … READ MORE>>

The Healing Force of Art: Cleveland Clinic’s Arts & Medicine Institute

A 4-year-old was in the hospital and very anxious and afraid. Every time someone new walked in the room he would start crying and ask, “Shot?” However, when the music therapist walked in the door he smiled and asked, “Guitar”? … READ MORE>>

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The Tortured Artist

Do you have to be crazy to be creative? by Contessa Schexnayder Timothy Ryan, a nonfiction writer who was recently accepted to Columbia University’s MFA program, knows the ebb and flow of bipolar disorder and how it affects the creative … READ MORE>>

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Several years ago, a friend’s daughter asked her father what he did for a living. He told her that he taught grown-ups how to draw. His little girl seemed puzzled at first, and then she exclaimed, “Oh, you mean they … READ MORE>>

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Why do we dance? Although each person’s reasons might be different, many people admit that dancing gives them access to their hidden truths. One might enthusiastically welcome an invitation to a dance party as an opportunity for letting loose, releasing … READ MORE>>


An excerpt from Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy by Martin Lindstrom In 1957 a journalist named Vance Packard wrote The Hidden Persuaders, a book that pulled back the curtain on all the … READ MORE>>

The Reality of Reality TV
Can viewing bad behavior on the small screen affect the way we treat each other?

Paisley Dickey is coiffed to perfection with flawless makeup, spray-tanned skin and meticulously placed false eyelashes. Her flaxen wig is cropped into a sultry bob, and her skintight dress hugs her small frame. She is dressed as a prostitute from … READ MORE>>


The latest addition to CBS’s crime procedural roster has a novel twist: Unforgettable is about a former cop with hyperthymesia (superior autobiographical memory) who rejoins the force after witnessing a crime and uses her powers of recall to solve cases. … READ MORE>>

Language Processing In The Human Brain

When you stop to think about something someone’s said—a line in a poem, a jargon-heavy sentence—this is the part of your brain doing the heavy work. READ MORE>>

Lights, Camera, Action: The Brain In Film

From Frankenstein to Hitchcock’s Spellbound, films bring to life our best and worst moments in the mind. READ MORE>>

Resources: Slap UnHappy

About a brain-damaged boxer, “Lights Out” highlights the consequences of concussions. READ MORE>>