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Leisure-Time Creative Endeavors Make for Better Employees

New research finds a link between off-hours creative activity and several measures of job performance.

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The Myth of the Artist’s Creative Routine

For all the interest in the habits of highly creative people, there’s not much to learn from Don DeLillo’s manual typewriter or Maya Angelou’s mid-day showers.

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Can You Learn to Judge Creativity?

A new study suggests that, with training, amateurs can judge the level of creativity of artwork much like experts would. But is expert opinion always correct?

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Dishonesty Can Foster Creativity

New research finds people who cheat subsequently perform better on tests measuring creative thinking.

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There’s Nothing Subversive or Anti-Business About ‘The Lego Movie’

More than just a set of plastic bricks, Lego has positioned itself as the perfect toy brand by working to inspire nostalgia, creativity, and wonder. And the hottest film of the year to-date is a celebration of that.

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Not-So-Tortured Artists: Creativity Breeds Happiness

New research finds college students are happier than usual when they are engaging in creative activities.

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How Do You Make a Living, Creative Person?

Welcome to a new series in which we talk to creative people—artists, artisans, musicians, authors, entertainers—about making a living. Email us if you’d like to participate. First up: Jeff Deegan.

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Which of the U.S.’s 3 Distinct Psychological Regions Best Suits You?

An analysis of state-level data confirms some things you already know—basically everyone in the Midwest is friendly and conventional—but also suggests ways to use our psychological characteristics to spur economic development.

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Urban Minor Leagues of Globalization

Manufacturing used to be concentrated in a few great American cities, but the landscape is changing fast.

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Creative Urban Spaces Don’t Promote Innovation

No, cities are powered by the exploitation of ambition.

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The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014