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Most of you heave heard of Kahneman’s dual-process theory. “System 1” and “System 2” have become household names. But far less known is that Kahneman built his theory on the shoulder of a giant: Seymour Epstein. His Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory (CEST), which has its roots in his 1973 paper “The self concept revisited or a theory of […]
On May 14, 2016 I had the honor of giving the featured talk at the UPenn Psychology Graduation Ceremony at the Penn Museum. Here is the transcript of my talk, in which I offer the graduating seniors suggestions on how to live a happy, fulfilling life. — Hello and a warm welcome to parents, professors, and […]
Angela Duckworth’s long-awaited book Grit has finally arrived! It’s getting great reviews (e.g., NY Times), and it has set off hugely important debates in education and in scientific circles. Make no doubt: Grit is great. It’s a lucid, informative, and entertaining review of the research Angela has assiduously conducted over the past decade or so. The book also includes suggestions on how to develop grit, and how we […]
The Relationship Between Deliberate Practice and Performance in Sports: A Meta-Analysis Brooke N. Macnamara, David Moreau, and David Z. Hambrick Why are some people more skilled in complex domains than other people? According to one prominent view, individual differences in performance largely reflect individual differences in accumulated amount of deliberate practice. Here, we investigated the relationship […]
Top 10 Replicated Findings From Behavioral Genetics Robert Plomin, John C. DeFries, Valerie S. Knopik, Jenae M. Neiderhiser In the context of current concerns about replication in psychological science, we describe 10 findings from behavioral genetic research that have replicated robustly. These are “big” findings, both in terms of effect size and potential impact on […]
Reverse engineering genius: historiometric studies of superlative talent Dean Keith Simonton Although genius has been defined in the dictionary as requiring an IQ above 140, this definition depends on an arbitrary methodological decision made by Lewis Terman for his longitudinal study of more than 1500 intellectually gifted children, a study that occupies four of the […]
Scott Barry Kaufman's talk for FAN was a sensitive, engaging mix of heart, intellect, and insight. Lonnie Stonitsch, Family Action Network