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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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The Personality of Political Correctness

“For it must be cried out, at a time when some have the audacity to neo-evangelize in the name of the ideal of a liberal democracy that has finally realized itself as the ideal of human history: never have violence, inequality, exclusion, famine, and thus economic oppression affected as many human beings in the history […]

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Society Is Hungry for a Single Success-Predicting Formula: The Complex Science of Expertise

I recently had a chat with my buddy David Epstein, an investigative reporter for ProPublica and the New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene, for Heleo about the complex science of expertise. Among other things, we talked about why we need to move beyond just “deliberate practice” when we talk about achievement, consider why certain theories reach peak popularity, and […]

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What Can Futurists Teach Us About Imagination?

“Thinking about the future isn’t a special skill; virtually everyone does it all the time. We schedule future activities and appointments on our calendars. We make to-do lists, a promise to ourselves of how we will spend our future time and energy. We pack our bag (or pockets) for the day by fast-forwarding mentally to […]

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STUDY ALERT: The Validity and Structure of Mating Intelligence

THE VALIDITY AND STRUCTURE OF MATING INTELLIGENCE GLENN GEHER, SCOTT BARRY KAUFMAN, JUSTIN R. GARCIA, JAMES C. KAUFMAN AND BLAIR BRYANT DAWSON Abstract. Mating Intelligence (MI) is a hypothesized constellation of mental adaptations that generate adaptive strategies in human mating (Geher & Miller, 2008). Although past research has theoretically explored and empirically evaluated the construct, […]

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STUDY ALERT: Clarity of mind: Structural equation modeling of associations between dispositional mindfulness, self-concept clarity and psychological well-being

STUDY ALERT: Clarity of mind: Structural equation modeling of associations between dispositional mindfulness, self-concept clarity and psychological well-being Adam W. Hanley, PhD ⁎, Eric L. Garland, PhD Clear self-concept beliefs are thought to be fundamental for well-being; and, mindfulness is believed to be inti- mately linked with beliefs about the self and well-being. Self-concept clarity […]

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STUDY ALERT: Self-compassion decreases acceptance of own immoral behaviors

Self-compassion decreases acceptance of own immoral behaviors Xue Wang, Zhansheng Chen, Kai-Tak Poon, Fei Teng, Shenghua Jin  Self-compassion, which is a kind attitude toward oneself, has been well documented to promote psychological health. This research extended the literature by examining how self-compassion would predict the acceptance of one’s own immoral behavior. Study 1 recruited participants […]

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