Catching Up: Brains, Writing, and Hot Hands

The past couple weeks have been a scramble for me (the end of the school year tends to crash like a rogue wave into the lives of parents). During that time, I've written a couple new "Matter" columns for the New York Times, both of which concerning how our brains work:

--Last week, I took a look at the first attempts to scan the brain of creative writers. While the research is ambitious, some skeptical scientists don't think we can dissect the anatomy of creativity.

--This week, I look at our penchant to see order where there's only randomness. Psychologists call this the "hot hand phenomenon," named for ...

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