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I'm a researcher, author, and speaker, who is redefining intelligence, creativity, and well-being.

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Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Discover the 10 Things Great Artists, Writers, and Innovators Do Differently

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Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman offers a new way of looking at intelligence.

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The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

A variety of perspectives and the most cutting-edge research on genes, talent, expertise, practice, creativity, savants, passion, and persistence.

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The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence

The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence

This volume provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date compendium of theory and research in the field of human intelligence.

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Does Giftedness Matter?

On August 23, 2016, Farrah Alexander, a writer and mother, published an article on the Huffington Post, entitled “Maybe My Child is Gifted. Maybe Not. Maybe It Doesn’t Matter” To which she concluded, “Every child is gifted and talented. So let’s stop distinguishing which children are gifted and start celebrating our children’s unique gifts. How is […]

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The Imaginative Mind

The Imaginative Mind Anna Abraham Abstract: The astounding capacity for the human imagination to be engaged across a wide range of contexts is limitless and fundamental to our day-to-day experiences. Although processes of imagination are central to human psychological function, they rarely occupy center stage in academic discourse or empirical study within psychological and neuroscientific […]

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Donald Trump’s Real Ambition

I normally stay clear of psychologically profiling public figures. But when the writing is so clearly on the wall, when the stakes are so high, and when the data is so consistent, I am inclined to comment. With Trump, what I see is so clearly a textbook case of a metaphorical computer program running amok, […]

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STUDY ALERT: Openness to Experience Rather Than Overexcitabilities: Call It Like It Is

Openness to Experience Rather Than Overexcitabilities: Call It Like It Is M. Alexandra Vuyk, Thomas S. Krieshok, and Barbara A. Kerr Openness to experience is a personality factor in the five-factor model of personality, and it is composed of six facets. Facets of openness appear conceptually analogous to overexcitabilities (OEs), which are displays of inner […]

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STUDY ALERT: Measuring Well-Being: A Review of Instruments

Measuring Well-Being: A Review of Instruments Philip J. Cooke, Timothy P. Melchert, and Korey Connor Abstract Interest in the study of psychological health and well-being has increased significantly in recent decades. A variety of conceptualizations of psychological health have been proposed including hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, quality-of-life, and wellness approaches. Although instruments for measuring constructs […]

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Cultivating the social–emotional imagination in gifted education: insights from educational neuroscience

Cultivating the social–emotional imagination in gifted education: insights from educational neuroscience Rebecca Gotlieb, Elizabeth Hyde, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, and Scott Barry Kaufman Evidence from education, psychology, and neuroscience suggests that investing in the development of the social– emotional imagination is essential to cultivating giftedness in adolescents. Nurturing these capacities may be especially effective for promoting […]

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Oct 19, 2016 Tulsa, OK Leadership Talks @ Holland Hall School

Nov 30, 2016 Palo Alto Athena Academy

Jan 25, 2017 San Francisco, CA Common Ground Speaker Series