About

Scott Barry Kaufman, American psychologist and author, known for his research on intelligence and creativity. Dec. 23, 2015. Photography by Peter Tobia www.petertobiaphotographer.com

Hi, I’m Scott. I research and write about human possibility. I believe in the power of imagination and creativity to transform society for the better. I am currently scientific director of the Imagination Institute, and I teach the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. I also conduct research at the Positive Psychology Center on imagination, creativity, and well-being. The mission of the Positive Psychology Center is to help cultivate what is best within people, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.

In 2013, I published Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, which detailed my experiences as a child growing up with a learning disability. In the book, I outlined my theory of Personal Intelligence. My new book is Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (co-authored with the journalist Carolyn Gregoire).

Other stuff I do:

  • Over at Scientific American I write the column Beautiful Minds. I also write a blog here on my personal page. Click here to get new posts delivered directly to your email inbox.
  • 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.

Recent interviews:

Penn Current

Independent School Magazine

APA Monitor

Want to contact me?

To book a speaking engagement, contact The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau at info@thelavinagency.com. To reprint one of my articles, contact sales@featurewell.com. If you’d like to write me a personal note, you can do so here. I read all my emails and try to respond to the best of my knowledge and time.

Thanks for stopping by!