2 Beautiful Minds We Lost in 2016: Seymour Epstein and Shane Lopez

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 15, 2017 in Blog

In 2016 we lost a lot of human lives. While high profile celebrities are the most visible ones, let’s not forget there were so many lives lost, that once were so full of meaning and purpose, and touched so many on a daily basis. In her beautiful new book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that […]

STUDY ALERT: Reasoning on the Autism Spectrum: A Dual Process Theory Account

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 10, 2017 in Blog, Study Alerts

Reasoning on the Autism Spectrum: A Dual Process Theory Account Mark Brosnan • Marcus Lewton • Chris Ashwin Abstract Dual process theory proposes two distinct reasoning processes in humans, an intuitive style that is rapid and automatic and a deliberative style that is more effortful. However, no study to date has specifically examined these reasoning […]

STUDY ALERT: A Systematic Review of Personality Trait Change Through Intervention

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 7, 2017 in Blog, Study Alerts

A Systematic Review of Personality Trait Change Through Intervention Brent W. Roberts, Jing Luo, Daniel A. Briley, Philip I. Chow, Rong Su, and Patrick L. Hill The current meta-analysis investigated the extent to which personality traits changed as a result of intervention, with the primary focus on clinical interventions. We identified 207 studies that had […]

STUDY ALERT: What grades and achievement tests measure

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 1, 2017 in Blog, Study Alerts

What grades and achievement tests measure Lex Borghansa, Bart H. H. Golsteyna, James J. Heckman, and John Eric Humphriesc Intelligence quotient (IQ), grades, and scores on achievement tests are widely used as measures of cognition, but the correlations among them are far from perfect. This paper uses a variety of datasets to show that personality […]

How Can Education Foster Imagination and Creativity?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 29, 2016 in Blog

  What is the role of imagination in education, and how can education foster imagination and creativity? What is the purpose of education? What is the purpose of a teacher? What are the active ingredients of effective learning? Given educators’ penchant for measurement, how might imagination and creativity be assessed in students and in teachers? These were the […]

One Skeptical Scientist’s Mindfulness Journey

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 19, 2016 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 […]

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