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

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Price
$24.95  $23.20
Publisher
Jossey-Bass
Publish Date
Pages
386
Dimensions
6.2 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780470547632

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About 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.

Reviews

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)