Your Creative Brain Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 10/5/2010
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Filled with research-based techniques for expanding creativity and increasing productivityThis provocative book reveals why sitting in front of a light box can increase your creativity more than listening to a Bach concerto as example. The author Shelley H. Carson, a Harvard psychologist, explains that creativity isn't something only scientists, investors, artists, writers, and musicians enjoy; in fact, all of us use our creative brains every day at home and at work. Each of us has the ability to increase our mental functioning and creativity by learning to move flexibly among several brain states. Explains seven brain states or "brainsets" and their functions as related to creativity, productivity, and innovation. These include Connect, Reason, Envision, Absorb, Transform, Evaluate, and Stream brainsets. Provides quizzes, exercises, and self-tests to activate each of these seven brainsets to unlock our maximum creativity.This book is a Harvard Health Publication that offers helpful suggestions that can be applied in both your personal and professional life.

Author Biography

Shelley Carson, PhD, teaches, conducts research, and publishes on the topics of creativity, psychopathology, and resilience at Harvard University. Her work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN, and NPR, and she has won multiple teaching awards for her popular course Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students. She also writes the Life as Art blog for Psychology Today and discusses current findings in creativity research on her Web site http://ShelleyCarson.com.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Meet Your Creative Brainp. 1
Wanted: Your Creative Brainp. 3
Why activating your creativity is important to individual and societal well-being
Your Mental Comfort Zonep. 13
Introduction to the seven brainsets
Fun quizzes to determine which brainset is your mental comfort zone
Tour Your Creative Brainp. 39
Brief introduction to the parts of brain that are important to the creative process
Brainsets and the Creative Processp. 55
Description of the stages that comprise both the deliberate and the spontaneous creative process
Training Your Creative Brainp. 71
Opening the Mind: Accessing the Absorb Brainsetp. 73
Access externally and internally generated information with an uncritical eye
Imagining the Possibilities: Accessing the Envision Brainsetp. 103
Use the power of mental imagery to construct creative ideas
Thinking Divergently: Accessing the Connect Brainsetp. 123
Associate novel information to produce a multitude of ideas
Shaping the Creative Idea: Accessing the Reason Brainsetp. 155
Consciously work through a creative "problem"
Recognizing Useful Ideas: Accessing the Evaluate Brainsetp. 181
Evaluate creative ideas for appropriateness
Using Emotion Creatively: Accessing the Transform Brainsetp. 207
Put your negative emotions to work for you
Performing Creatively: Accessing the Stream Brainsetp. 233
Practice skill-appropriate improvisation
Putting the CREATES Strategies to Workp. 257
Flexing Your Creative Brainp. 259
Exercises for switching between brainsets to enhance cognitive flexibility
Applying the Brainsets to Real-World Creativityp. 279
Tips for using the brainsets in all stages of the creative process
Appendixesp. 293
How to Score the CREATES Brainsets Assessmentp. 293
The Token Economy Systemp. 305
The Daily Activities Calendarp. 309
Notesp. 311
Referencesp. 339
About the Authorp. 357
About Harvard Medical Schoolp. 358
Indexp. 359
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