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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 Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

Written by leading philosophers and psychologists, these essays integrate philosophical insights with empirical research.

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Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties

Cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to creating an environment where twice-exceptional students can thrive.

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[Beautiful Minds] November 2017 Newsletter

[Subscribe to the free monthly Beautiful Minds Newsletter] Hi All, Welcome to the November, 2017 Beautiful Minds Newsletter! Here’s some updates on creativity, well-being, and the mind from October. Enjoy! Podcast Episodes The Power Paradox with Dacher Keltner Peak Performance with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness Making Good Decisions with Cheryl Strauss Einhorn The Art of Charm […]

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Narcissism and Self-Esteem Are Very Different

As the mythology goes, Narcissus fell in love so much with his own reflection in a pool of water that he was unable to do anything else but admire himself. Eventually, he withered away and died staring at his reflection. Did Narcissus have excessively high self-esteem? Was that his main issue? Or was it something […]

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[Beautiful Minds] October 2017 Newsletter

[Subscribe to the free monthly Beautiful Minds Newsletter] Hi All, I’m a writer. There, I said it. Welcome to the October, 2017 Beautiful Minds Newsletter! Here’s some updates on creativity, well-being, and the mind from September. Enjoy! Books Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties by Scott Barry Kaufman — Now available for pre-order […]

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STUDY ALERT: Are Measures of Character and Personality Distinct?

Are Measures of Character and Personality Distinct? Robert E. McGrath, Ashley Hall-Simmonds, and Lewis R. Goldberg Two studies were conducted to investigate redundancy between the character strengths found in the VIA model of character and familiar personality facets. Study 1 used a community sample (N = 606) that completed a measure of character strengths, four […]

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STUDY ALERT: The Role of Passion and Persistence in Creativity

The Role of Passion and Persistence in Creativity Magdalena G. Grohman, Paul Silvia, Zorana Ivcevic, and Scott Barry Kaufman We examined the predictive power of 2 different conceptualizations of passion and persistence in relation to creative behavior. Specifically, we examined predictive power of the self-reported grit subscales (defined as a combination of passion/consistency of interests and perseverance) […]

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STUDY ALERT: Physiological correlates and emotional specificity of human piloerection

Physiological correlates and emotional specificity of human piloerection Mathias Benedeka & Christian Kaernbachb Piloerection is known as an indicator of strong emotional experiences. However, little is known about the physiological and emotional specificity of this psychophysiological response. In the presented study, piloerection was elicited by audio stimuli taken from music and film episodes. The physiological response […]

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