Creative Minds

The Theory of Creativity

Former Disney Vice President of Innovation and Creativity inspires thinking outside the box. (Tedx Talk)

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Brain Myths Series: #2 Creative v. Analytical Brains

Which direction does the ballerina spin? What colours do you see in the dress? If you have tried out any number of visual challenges to determine if you are 'left brain' dominant or 'right brain dominant' you are not alone. Such tests were popular a few years ago to explain the theory of why some people seem to be more creative, and some more analytically minded.

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Does your child have a mind for invention? Top tips to unleash the creative genius within!

Girls Invent inspires girls to become innovators and create real world inventions or products through workshops, mentoring and market linkage. We spoke with Dr Mark Glazebrook, father, inventor and founder of Girls Invent, to learn what led him to work with young people in this area and to ask his advice for encouraging creativity and innovation in young people.

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The link between creative thinking and learning

Lakshini Mendis, PhD, explores the neuroscience of creativity and its role in learning.

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Making music matters!

Does music change a child's brain? John Iversen suggests music can benefit all children in brain development.

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Growth Mindset: What it is, how it works, why it matters

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How does learning languages shape the brain?

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What Are The Benefits of Learning a New Language?

Learning another language has clear benefits for ease of communication and world travel. Dan Roitman of the Huffington Post suggests that all language is powerful and can shape the way we think. More than this, he suggests that being bilingual can actually change your brain at a more fundamental level including: better developed regions for memory, planning and reasoning and increased skills in multitasking. Read here for more on how language can shape the brain.

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Making Music Matters!

John Iversen suggests that music training is not just useful to develop great musicians, but can benefit all children in brain development. He states that research indicates that music can improve maths, reading, school attendance and confidence – but what are changes in the brain that allows for these improvements? Iversen imagines a vision for the future where children’s brain development or function can be measured with technology such as brain imaging, and music programs targeted to assist with development.

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