Intrinsic Motivation is More Creative When You Look Outside Yourself

One of the most commonly reported findings from creativity research is that intrinsic motivation–doing something just because you love doing it, and not for any external reward–is correlated with higher creativity. This is the “flow” state made famous by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s 1990 book titled Flow. But it turns out the research isn’t so clear; not… Read More Intrinsic Motivation is More Creative When You Look Outside Yourself

The Lone Genius: R.I.P.

In medieval and rennaissance Europe, artworks were generated in highly collaborative work environments known as “studios.” Twelve assistants worked with Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling; Raphael, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt-all of them had full-time assistants, many of whom imitated the master’s style (often making attribution quite difficult). Only in the 19th century did artists… Read More The Lone Genius: R.I.P.