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

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

by Shelley Carson
     
 

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This provocative book reveals why sitting in front of a light box can increase your creativity more than listening to a Bach concerto. Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, Ph.D., 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.

Overview

This provocative book reveals why sitting in front of a light box can increase your creativity more than listening to a Bach concerto. Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson, Ph.D., 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. Since its initial release, Your Creative Brain has been the recipient of several awards, including The Will Solimene Award for Excellence from the American Medical Writers Association, as well as the Living Now Book of the Year Award.

Praise for Your Creative Brain

"Basing this book on her Harvard psychology course, 'Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students,' Carson sees creativity in a broader context—not just coming up with new ideas but being able to evaluate them and put the good ones to practical use. . . . Unlike most self-help books, this is grounded in solid experimental work. . . . VERDICT: Readers who liked Michael Gelb's How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci will love this. So will the self-improvement and business seminar–loving crowd. And for once they're getting some substance!"—Library Journal

"Interweaves research findings and practical tips, suggestive cases and provocative puzzles, timely and shrewd advice."—Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard, and author of Creating Minds, Multiple Intelligences, and Five Minds for the Future

"A revolutionary approach to expand the creative power of your mind. Supported by the latest findings of neuroscience, Dr. Shelley Carson helps you to take charge of your brain to maximize your creative potential."—Bernard Golden, PhD, author of Unlock Your Creative Genius

Editorial Reviews

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Basing this book on her Harvard psychology course, Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students, Carson sees creativity in a broader context—not just coming up with new ideas but being able to evaluate them and put the good ones to practical use. Each phase of this process utilizes different brain states, and each person feels more comfortable in some brain states than in others. Carson includes self-tests for discovering which brain states the student favors, exercises to strengthen the weaker brain states, and help in sticking to the program. Unlike most self-help books, this is grounded in solid experimental work. The only downside is that the actual text is a bit dull, and attempts to lighten it (e.g., with a series of unfunny jokes and cartoons about a creative caveman and his dim sidekick) fall flat. Readers with whom this title will resonate will probably skip straight to the "What brainset do you prefer?" quiz. VERDICT Readers who liked Michael Gelb's How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci will love this. So will the self-improvement and business seminar–loving crowd. And for once they're getting some substance! (Library Journal, September 15, 2010)
Library Journal
Basing this book on her Harvard psychology course, Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students, Carson sees creativity in a broader context—not just coming up with new ideas but being able to evaluate them and put the good ones to practical use. Each phase of this process utilizes different brain states, and each person feels more comfortable in some brain states than in others. Carson includes self-tests for discovering which brain states the student favors, exercises to strengthen the weaker brain states, and help in sticking to the program. Unlike most self-help books, this is grounded in solid experimental work. The only downside is that the actual text is a bit dull, and attempts to lighten it (e.g., with a series of unfunny jokes and cartoons about a creative caveman and his dim sidekick) fall flat. Readers with whom this title will resonate will probably skip straight to the "What brainset do you prefer?" quiz. VERDICT Readers who liked Michael Gelb's How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci will love this. So will the self-improvement and business seminar-loving crowd. And for once they're getting some substance!—Mary Ann Hughes, Shelton, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118396544
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Series:
Harvard Health Publications Series, #4
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
356,956
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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