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Collaborations between science and art are happening more and more frequently. Relational Space identifies relevant stories and initiatives around the globe and reports them here to inform and inspire our community.

Unexpected Interruptions, Idle Time, and Creativity: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Surprises interruptions, with idle time, significantly increase employees’ creative performance due to continued thinking about work/goals, enabling idea incubation.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Incubation


Organization Science

T. G. Schweisfurth & A. Greul

May 31, 2023

Special Report: Art and the Brain

Creative expression is a powerful tool for well-being. Exposure to visual art and participation in creative activities creates positive brain changes.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #WellBeing


Art & Creativity for Healing


May 28, 2023

Transformational Creativity: The Link between Creativity, Wisdom, and the Solution of Global Problems

Transformational creativity is creativity deployed to make a positive, meaningful & potentially enduring difference to the world, compared to transactional creativity, creativity deployed in search of a reward.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #PositiveChange



Robert J. Sternberg

May 27, 2023

Harnessing Emotions to Fuel Creativity

The ability to use emotion, positive or negative, to help us understand experiences & for thinking/decision making allows us to be proactive, creative participants rather than reactive.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Proactive


Creativity Post

Z. I. Pringle

Creativity Is Not Innovation (But You Need Both)

Creativity is the spontaneous development of new ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. Creativity is a necessary prerequisite for innovation, but they are not the same thing.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Innovation



Sean Peek

May 25, 2023

Leisure Activities, Creative Actions and Emotional Creativity

People who engage in leisure activities & daily creativity (e.g. entertaining a child, solving daily problems) achieve higher scores in creative actions, novelty & self-perception of creativity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #DailyCreativity


Thinking Skills and Creativity

R. C. Elisondo, G. Soroa & B. Flores

May 24, 2023

Response Inhibition Partially Mediates the Relationship Between Emotional States and Creative Divergent Thinking

People can unlock their creative potential & reach new heights of achievement by embracing irritation & using it as a tool to inspire fresh ideas and methods. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #ResponseInhibition


Creativity Research Journal

R. Khalil, L. Lin, A. A. Karim & B. Godde

May 23, 2023

Leveraging the Arts to Service The Human Brain

Every time you listen to music, see a film, read poetry or dance, you are biologically changed. Our brains carry the signature of our artistic experiences. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Neuroaesthetics


Brain Facts

Susan Magsamen

May 22, 2023

WHO recommends that arts & cultural policy makers ensure equal, accessible arts engagement opportunities for all, recognizing population health benefits.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #PublicHealth


The Lancet

R. Dow, K. Warran, P. Letrondo & D. Fancourt

May 21, 2023

Factors affecting the efficacy of short stories as science communication tools

Using narrative approaches to science communication has 3 benefits: engagement, persuasion & learning/memory retention).

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Narrative


Journal of Science Communication

M. Irani & E. Weitkamp

May 20, 2023

Exploring integrated ArtScience experiences to foster nature connectedness through head, heart and hand

Art experiences can ignite the imagination, challenge conformity to norms/worldviews & allow us to envision multiple, empathic ways of being in the world.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Compassion


People and Nature

C. Renowden, T. Beer & Luis Mata

May 19, 2023

Sweet ideas: How the sensory experience of sweetness impacts creativity

The sensory experience of sweetness facilitates performance on tasks that require cognitive flexibility, but does not increase performance on non-creative tasks.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Sweet


Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

L. Xu., R. Mehta., & J.A. Hoegg .

May 18, 2023

The Narcissism of Ghosting

How you leave relationships, creates an emotional residue that accumulates inside you. A decision to honor the end of a relationship, to take personal responsibility for actions that promote mutual healing, leave vestiges that build strength and positivity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Ghosting


Psychology Today

Leigh W. Jerome

May 17, 2023

The non-Riemannian nature of perceptual color space

People perceive a large difference in color to be less than the sum of the incremental differences between two widely separated shades – demonstrating a principle of diminishing returns.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Perception


Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

R. Bujack, E. Teti, J. Miller, & T. L. Turton

May 16, 2023

Collaborative Creativity

Group-based creativity is more importance than individual brilliant ideas because creative collaboration develops the abilities to take initiative, make decisions & interact constructively together.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Collaborate


Psychology and Philosophy of Creativity

Bengt Köping Olsson

May 15, 2023

Emotional Intelligence and Creative Self-Efficacy among Gifted Children: Mediating Effect of Self-Esteem and Moderating Effect of Gender

Creative self-efficacy predicts creative activities & achievements. Emotional intelligence significantly predicts emotional intelligence & creative self-efficacy with self-esteem plays a mediating role.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #SelfEfficacy


Journal of Intelligence

X. Chen & L. Cheng

May 14, 2023

The influence of music environment on conceptual design creativity

Listening to music promotes overall design creativity on the novelty dimension, but does not effectively promote divergent thinking or impair convergent thinking.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Music


Frontiers in Psychology

T. Xia, Y. Sun, Y. An & L.Li

May 13, 2023

Creativity across the lifespan: changes with age and with dementia

Creativity appears relatively stable in older age, with exception of those creativity skills that are affected by abstract reasoning (SPM), which appear susceptible to aging.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Aging


BMC Geriatrics

S. D. Ross, et al.

May 12, 2023

The Cognitive Benefits of Psychedelics

While psychedelics such as psilocybin & MDMA impair the encoding of memories that rely on recalling specific details, they can enhance the encoding of memories that rely on familiarity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Hallucinogens


Neuroscience News

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

May 10, 2023

Three Keys to Creative Resilience to Help Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities

The ability to change how we frame our experiences & beliefs about any given situation is key to creative resilience. Reframing helps us to see situations from a different perspective to discover new insights.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Resilience


Creativity at Work

May 9, 2023

Why creativity is just knowledge - and what that means for schools

What we call creativity is simply the re-arranging & re-configuring of your current mental structures in order to build a new mental structure that matches and addresses a relevant problem.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #ProblemSolving


tes magazine

Jared Cooney Horvath

May 8, 2023

Abolitionist creativity - How intellectual property can hack digital power

By seizing the means of imaginative production, we can transform creativity into a collective liberation tool that disrupts & overturns the very regimes of digital power that enclose and exploit it.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Abolitionist



J. C. Vizoso & C. Byrnes

May 7, 2023

Dismantling gender roles through gender fluidity in fashion and beauty

Brands are embracing a spectrum of diversity in fashion & beauty that is helping dismantle restrictive gender roles through gender fluidity & allowing individuals more authentic expression

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Fashion



Umashan Naidoo

May 6, 2023

The sexual selection of creativity: A nomological approach

Creativity is related with enhanced phenotypic plasticity, dopaminergic release & testosterone levels in both sexes. Evidence shows that creativity is sexy: it is considered attractive in potential mating partners.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Evolution


Frontiers in Psychology

Fe. C. Novaes & J. C. Natividade

May 5, 2022

Beyond Gender: The Future of Being Human

Relational Space Gallery presents ~
Beyond Gender: The Future of Being Human

Opening night - Thursday, June 22nd
(Exhibition runs June 22, 23, 24th, 2023​)
​​547 West 27th St Suite 201, NYC (hosted by Ceres Gallery)

For more information:


Relational Space

Leigh W. Jerome

April 4, 2023

How Do We Value Creativity After AI?

Investments in technology-supported creativity is important, but machines currently lack human-level understanding. Machines will replace some (science/engineer) tasks but new tasks will also emerge.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #AI



John McHale

May 3, 2023

Igniting Creativity: Unlocking the Power of Divergent Thinking

Thinking creatively cultivates new possibilities which in turn, facilitates new outcomes, nurtures relationships, builds trust & enables your most authentic self to come forward. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Authentic



Vanessa Leikvoll

May 2, 2023

Creative development, self-esteem and barriers to creativity in university students of education according to their participation in artistic activities

Youth participation in artistic activities (music, performance, visual arts) improve academic performance, narrative & graphic creativity & future professional practice.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Performance


Thinking Skills and Creativity

Helena Chacón-López & Ana Maeso-Broncano

May 1, 2023

Two Years of the COVID-19 Crisis: Anxiety, Creativity and the Everyday

Normal anxiety encourages a proactive life, inspiring change through new daily strategies. Neurotic anxiety prevents this, as it tends to replicate the ordinary, the known & the familiar.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Anxiety



Raffaela Puggioni

April 29, 2023


To unlock creative potential: 1-Problem-solving before sleep so the subconscious mind works on the issue at rest; 2-Change up where & when you think; 3-Switch between brainstorming & taking a walk in nature.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Rest


Yes Education

Edwin Land

April 28, 2023

Thinking outside the box helps build social connections: The role of creative mindsets in reducing daily rudeness

Awareness of co-workers as being integral to the creative process increases social closeness & reduces instigated rudeness towards, as well as perceived rudeness from, those co-workers. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #CoCreate


Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 1

T. A. Foulk, V, Venkataramani, R. Cao & S. Krishnan

April 27, 2023

Distraction, flow and the creative mind

The best creative tasks to induce flow are able to incorporate a wandering mind (eg musical improvisation/writing/painting) so you follow a train of thought & make productive use of it to achieve your aims.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Flow


IAI News

Tom Cochrane

April 26, 2023

The Effects of Routinization on Radical and Incremental Creativity: The Mediating Role of Mental Workloads

Routine has a positive effect on creativity when it acts as a mediating mechanism that reduces cognitive workload & allows employees more creative efforts in a specific direction.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Routine


Int J Environ Res Public Health

H. Chae & J. Park,

April 25, 2023

Love and Magic: How Love Powers Creativity

Love & creativity go hand in hand because when you create, you demonstrate your love — for the supported cause, the ideas you’re promoting, for the talents you have & for the world as a whole. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Love


Ward Andrews

April 24, 2023

Scientific Creativity as Combinatorial Process

Creativity is a recombinatory process, taking novel bits of data & combining them uniquely, to create something new - an idea is creative if it is novel, useful & surprising.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Ideas


Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dean Keith Simonton

April 23, 2023

How Times of Crisis Serve as a Catalyst for Creative Action: An Agentic Perspective

Uncertainty disrupts sense of control - when people feel they have the ability to work through the uncertainty by thinking & acting creatively, stress is reduced & creative action is more likely.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Control


Frontiers in Psychology

Ronald A. Beghetto

April 22, 2023

What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Fostering Creativity

We're moving to a creativity economy, where what matters is innovation in things that computers can't achieve, such as flexible thinking, blending knowledge, exploring consequences & innovative design.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #CognitiveFlexibility


The Journal

Dennis Pierce

April 21, 2023

Designing for Creativity: What Does Neuroscience Say?

Interdisciplinary teams including neuroscientists, psychologist, & architects increases the likelihood for spaces designed on research findings that support curiosity, serendipity & creativity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Collaborate


Venetian Letter

Natalia Olszewska & Marta Wierusz

April 20, 2023

Creativity at Rest: Exploring Functional Network Connectivity of Creative Experts

Creative thinking may be related to, though not fully redundant with, the ability to vividly imagine the future, observed through  brain connectivity profiles of highly creative people. 

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Future


Network Neuroscience

W. Orwig, et al

April 19, 2023

Delving into the role of mindfulness on the relationship among creativity, anxiety, and boredom of young EFL learners

By fostering mindfulness, instructors & learners form relationships with a positive, constructive connection. Mindfulness enables instructors & learners to gain efficiency, creativity & productivity.

#RelationalSpace #Art #Science #Mindfullness



Ling Cheng

April 17, 2023

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