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.