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Shelley Carson, Ph.D.
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Shelley Carson, Ph.D. is a research psychologist and lecturer at Harvard University. Her work in the fields of creativity, psychopathology, and resilience has been published widely in both national and international scientific journals and has been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN, and NPR.

She has won multiple teaching awards for her popular course 'Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students.' Since 2006, she has also served as a senior subject matter expert for the Department-of-Defense project, which provides innovative online mental health assistance to service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Carson’s new book titled Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life will be released by Jossey-Bass in fall, 2010.

Entries by Shelley Carson, Ph.D.

Are Creative People More Dishonest?

(27) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 2:14 PM

Creativity is not just for artists, musicians, writers, and scientists. Each of us depends on our creative faculties each day as we negotiate problems in work, decorate our homes, deal with family crises and interact with others in both personal and professional capacities. In fact, as I've mentioned in previous...

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Creativity in the 21st Century (Part 2): Is the Web a Hindrance or an Aid?

(11) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 11:24 AM

In the first part of our dialog about creativity in the 21st century, I discussed why each of us needs to flex our creative brains to survive and thrive in the rapid-change climate of this new century. Because the rules of the game for everything from business success...

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Unplug and Recharge: Tech-Addicted Jurors Undermine Our Legal System

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 7:00 AM


Apparently juror boredom is becoming a problem. According to an article in this month's APA Monitor on Psychology, "Every day in U.S. courts, jurors fall asleep, become frustrated by trial delays, seek out Google or Facebook on their cell phones, or daydream when...

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Temporarily Unplugged: A Good Idea to Foster Creativity?

(7) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 7:00 AM

How much time do you spend each day "plugged in" to email, text messages, social media, cell phone calls and web-wandering? If you're like me, you may have noticed a distressing phenomenon -- I constantly complain about the amount...

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Creativity in the 21st Century

(43) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 7:30 AM

The G 20 summit in Toronto is now over and, not surprisingly, one of the conclusions of the conference was that in order to attract investors, nations need to provide an "environment that promotes creativity."(1) From politics to business to education to sports, creativity is one of the buzzwords of...

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