One Skeptical Scientist’s Mindfulness Journey

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

Me: I constantly feel anxious. It’s usually about nothing in particular. Just a feeling deep in the pit of my stomach about human existence. My doctor: I think you may be ready for an SSRI. Me: Give me 8 weeks. Just 8 weeks. My doctor: Good luck. For years, I’ve been told to try mindfulness, by everyone […]

The facebook algorithm is like life

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

Life is a lot like the facebook algorithm. The more I ‘like’ posts from a particular person or company, the more these people and companies pop up in priority in my stream and dominates the rest of the feed. That’s just how modules work. The more we feed certain urges, the stronger the signal (emotion), […]

STUDY ALERT: White Matter Correlates of Psychosis-Linked Traits Support Continuity Between Personality and Psychopathology

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog, Study Alerts

White Matter Correlates of Psychosis-Linked Traits Support Continuity Between Personality and Psychopathology Rachael Grazioplene, Robert Chavez, Aldo Rustichini, and Colin DeYoung The link between diagnoses of psychotic disorders and attenuated white matter connectivity is well established, but little is known about the degree to which similar white matter differences predict traits linked to psychosis-proneness in […]

STUDY ALERT: The Validity and Structure of Mating Intelligence

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog, Study Alerts

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, […]

The Personality of Political Correctness

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

“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 […]

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

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog, Study Alerts

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 […]

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

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog, Study Alerts

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 […]

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

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

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 […]

What Can Futurists Teach Us About Imagination?

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog

“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 […]

STUDY ALERT: Examining the influence of mind wandering and metacognition on creativity in university and vocational students

by Scott Barry Kaufman in Blog, Study Alerts

Examining the influence of mind wandering and metacognition on creativity in university and vocational students David D. Preiss , Diego Cosmelli, Valeska Grau, Dominga Ortiz We examined the relationship between mind wandering, metacognition and creativity in 116 university and 117 vocational Chilean students. They took a test of divergent thinking, a test of creative problem […]

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