About

Hi, I’m Scott. I believe that imagination and creativity can change the world for the better. I am currently scientific director of the Imagination Institute, and I also conduct research on imagination, creativity, and well-being in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2013, I published Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, which reviewed the latest science of intelligence and also detailed my experiences as a child growing up with a learning disability. In the book, I outlined my Theory of Personal Intelligence, and presented a vision of education that takes into account each young person’s unique development, abilities, engagement, and personal goals.

My new book is Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, which I co-authored with the journalist Carolyn Gregoire. In that book, we review the latest science of creativity, and argue that creativity is a lifestyle that anyone can cultivate by continually engaging in a series of habits– from daydreaming to mindfulness to being open to new experiences.

Other stuff I do:

  • I teach the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. You can download my most recent syllabus here.
  • Over at Scientific American I write the column Beautiful Minds. I also write a blog here on my personal page.
  • I host The Psychology Podcast. I welcome suggestions for new exciting guests.
  • I co-founded The Creativity Post with my good friends Milena Fisher and Elliot Samuel Paul. Check out the site for quality content on creativity, innovation and imagination.

SBK Events View All

Jun 3, 2016 Manhattan, NY Penguin TarcherLIVE event

Jun 14, 2016 Philadelphia, PA Penn Science Café

Jun 20, 2016 Philadelphia, PA Penn Network Visualization