Michelangelo reportedly said the job of every sculptor is to discover the statue inside the stone, then work around it. Liberate the form. But how do we know the right chisel from the wrong, the good idea from the bad? “Evaluating creativity is difficult. A lot of research suggests that people are not very good… Read more

Why do some of our decisions seem to be motivated by a desire to explore the unknown? A research team from École Normale Supérieure has shown that most of these choices are not motivated by curiosity, but by errors caused by the brain mechanisms involved in assessing our options[1]. When we have various options to… Read more

A pilot study at University of Otago has demonstrated the powerful influence music and dance can have on older adults with dementia, who are stereotypically viewed as passive and immobile. Researchers used familiar, reminiscent music and the natural gestures of a group of 22 participants to create an original series of dance exercises. Lead author… Read more

How can you know that any animal, other human beings, or anything that seems conscious, isn’t just faking it? Does it enjoy an internal subjective experience, complete with sensations and emotions like hunger, joy, or sadness? After all, the only consciousness you can know with certainty is your own. Everything else is inference. The nature… Read more

Brainwaves play a crucial role in inhibiting habitual thinking modes to pave the way to access more remote ideas, a new study shows. The researchers found that these brainwaves, or alpha oscillations in the right temporal area of the brain, increase when individuals need to suppress misleading associations in creative tasks. These obvious associations are… Read more