Does Giftedness Matter?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 27, 2016 in Blog

On August 23, 2016, Farrah Alexander, a writer and mother, published an article on the Huffington Post, entitled “Maybe My Child is Gifted. Maybe Not. Maybe It Doesn’t Matter” To which she concluded, “Every child is gifted and talented. So let’s stop distinguishing which children are gifted and start celebrating our children’s unique gifts. How is […]

STUDY ALERT: Measuring Well-Being: A Review of Instruments

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 15, 2016 in Blog, Study Alerts

Measuring Well-Being: A Review of Instruments Philip J. Cooke, Timothy P. Melchert, and Korey Connor Abstract Interest in the study of psychological health and well-being has increased significantly in recent decades. A variety of conceptualizations of psychological health have been proposed including hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, quality-of-life, and wellness approaches. Although instruments for measuring constructs […]

Cultivating the social–emotional imagination in gifted education: insights from educational neuroscience

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 9, 2016 in Blog, Study Alerts

Cultivating the social–emotional imagination in gifted education: insights from educational neuroscience Rebecca Gotlieb, Elizabeth Hyde, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, and Scott Barry Kaufman Evidence from education, psychology, and neuroscience suggests that investing in the development of the social– emotional imagination is essential to cultivating giftedness in adolescents. Nurturing these capacities may be especially effective for promoting […]

The Imaginative Mind

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

The Imaginative Mind Anna Abraham Abstract: The astounding capacity for the human imagination to be engaged across a wide range of contexts is limitless and fundamental to our day-to-day experiences. Although processes of imagination are central to human psychological function, they rarely occupy center stage in academic discourse or empirical study within psychological and neuroscientific […]

Donald Trump’s Real Ambition

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

I normally stay clear of psychologically profiling public figures. But when the writing is so clearly on the wall, when the stakes are so high, and when the data is so consistent, I am inclined to comment. With Trump, what I see is so clearly a textbook case of a metaphorical computer program running amok, […]

STUDY ALERT: Dynamic network interactions supporting internally-oriented cognition

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog, Study Alerts

Dynamic network interactions supporting internally-oriented cognition Darya L Zabelina and Jessica R Andrews-Hanna Recent advances in systems neuroscience have solidified the view that many cognitive processes are supported by dynamic interactions within and between large-scale brain networks. Here we synthesize this research, highlighting dynamic network interactions supporting a less explored aspect of cognition with important […]

STUDY ALERT: The Impact of the Nomination Stage on Gifted Program Identification: A Comprehensive Psychometric Analysis

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog, Study Alerts

The Impact of the Nomination Stage on Gifted Program Identification: A Comprehensive Psychometric Analysis Matthew T. McBee, Scott J. Peters, and Erin M. Miller The use of the nomination stage as the first step in the identification process is pervasive across the field of gifted education. In many cases, nominations are used to limit the number […]

Is Inspiration Contagious?

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

“The central, final, inescapable fact is that inspired words create life in us because they are themselves alive.” — Cecile Maurice Bowra, Inspiration and poetry Is inspiration contagious? Do inspired works of art inspire the audience? There is a long tradition in the humanities that suggests it does. Plato once argued that inspiration is transmitted to the audience through the […]

Grit and Authenticity

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

Success in accomplishing your goals requires grit: passion and perseverance over a long stretch of time. Grit requires constantly moving toward toward your north star– who you were meant to be–over the course of years, despite life’s inevitable trials and tribulations. This requires the capacity to ignore distractions, and to maintain one’s enduring purpose. But life is not only […]

STUDY ALERT: Childhood Intelligence Predicts Adult Trait Openness

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog, Study Alerts

Adrian Furnham and Helen Cheng This study used a longitudinal data set of 5,672 adults followed for 50 years to determine the factors that influence adult trait Openness-to-Experience. In a large, nationally representative sample in the UK (the National Child Development Study), data were collected at birth, in childhood (age 11), adolescence (age 16), and […]

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