Creativity

What a creative brain looks like

by Marty Crossland on February 4, 2011

Here is a fascinating talk given by Dr. Charles Limb, a neurosurgeon who also happens to be a jazz musician. He has a particular research interest in how the brain works when it is being creative. He uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to create a picture of the brain of talented musicians as they create improvisational jazz music.

Watch this and enjoy!

From the TED website:
About this talk

Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.

About Charles Limb

Charles Limb is a doctor and a musician who researches the way musical creativity works in the brain. Full bio and more links

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DRiVE: What motivates us (and our students)

by Marty Crossland on June 1, 2010

I have become quite a fan of Daniel Pink. In an earlier entry here, I shared his presentations on his book A Whole New Mind: How Right Brainers Will Rule the Future. In this entry, I want to share a recent TED presentation he made about his newest book, DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

Here he shares what science has been telling us for years about intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation. Management science in business, at least until fairly recently, has focused mostly on reward-punishment extrinsic motivational approaches (bonuses, commissions, contingent salary raises, etc.) to try to coax better performance from workers — and we as teachers, I believe, tend to expect similarly motivated behaviors from our students.

However, Dan points out that decades of research proves that people perform best when they are intrinsically motivated — for the enjoyment and/or fulfillment provided by the activity itself. Three important components of intrinsic motivation are Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

I encourage you to watch the following presentation and read the book to learn more about this fascinating topic.

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A whole new way of thinking

by Marty Crossland on January 20, 2010

Author and speaker Daniel Pink has completed some very provocative work on trends in business and the economy. He is a hugely entertaining speaker, especially when he shares that he was a woefully unsuccessful student in law school. Dan shares three macro-level drivers of 21st century careers:

  • Abundance
  • Asia
  • Automation

This talk was delivered around 2006 while promoting his book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. I have watched it multiple times, and it has profoundly affected how I think about how we should be planning our learning and our careers for the future. For us as educators, it should really spark discussion about what a higher education general education curriculum should look like. Ask yourself questions like these:”What types of careers will American students need to be prepared for in five or ten years?” “How do we identify the proper learning outcomes and the teaching methods to ensure our students are achieving them?” “What assessment methods and tools will allow us to measure student progress toward these outcomes?”


Once you’ve finished the presentation, watch this ten-minute question and answer session with Mr. Pink:

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The State of Creativity — OETA television series

by Marty Crossland on March 18, 2009

The OETA educational TV network has begun airing a wonderful series on Creativity in the state of Oklahoma, entitled “State of Creativity.” It is of special interest to me because in episode 102, first aired last night (March 17), they highlight the providers of some exciting virtual reality business education curricula that I am currently using. Vertical Learning Curve is creating a full MBA curriculum using its virtual reality technology, which we are adapting for selected undergraduate courses in our online B.S. in Business Administration program.

You can learn more about VLC and the courses at www.vlcglobal.com.

This segment also features an intriguing approach to teaching creativity being used now at the University of Tulsa, called StudioBlue. You can get more information on the entire OETA series at creativity.oeta.tv, and about the Oklahoma Creativity Project at www.stateofcreativity.com.

Enjoy the video!

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