Latest Research

Here you will find a curated library of the research that influences my work. Primarily it will focus on the neuroscience and psychology of creativity, peak experiences, peak performance, wellness, learning and meaning. Each month, I send a short update straight to your inbox, designed to give you a brief overview of the latest findings as well as the links to delve deeper, (if you wish).

 
 
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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic?

 

Examining the Relationship Between Flow & Creativity

Three primary findings arose from this research. First, we found a very clear relationship between increases in flow and increases in creativity. Specifically, a 40 percent increase in the creativity score was found for participants primed to recall a creative experience "in flow" versus those primed to recall an experience "out of flow." Second, out of the nine characteristics of flow, four had a high level of statistical significance with creative experience. These were challenge-skill balance, unambiguous feedback, transformation of time, and autotelic experience. Third, we found that four out of five foundational elements in the creative processes were greatly amplified during flow. These elements were problem construction, idea evaluation, information gathering and category selection.

 

Increasing the Meaning Quotient of Work

By Susie Cranston and Scott Keller

Through a few simple techniques, executives can boost workplace “MQ” and inspire employees to perform at their peak.

The idea of meaning at work is not new. Indeed, two contributions to McKinsey Quarterly1 over the past year have highlighted this theme. In one, the authors demonstrate how misguided leaders often kill meaning in avoidable ways. The author of the other suggests that “meaning maker” is a critical role for corporate strategists. In this article, we will show from our research how meaning drives higher workplace productivity and explain what business leaders can do to create meaning..

 

Peak experiences as acute identity experiences

A. H. Maslow

I wish to underscore one main paradox I have dealt with above (Number 2), which we must face even if we don't understand it. The goal of identity (self-actualization, autonomy, individuation, Horney's real self, authenticity, etc.) seems to be simultaneously an end-goal in itself, and also a transitional goal, a rite of passage, a step along the path to the transcendence of identity