The Science of Passionate Sex

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 19, 2017 in Blog

Our culture is obsessed with sex. Everywhere you look is another article on how to have hot sex, harder erections, mind-bending orgasms, and ejaculations that go on for days. What people seldom realize, though– and which the latest science backs up– is that this is exactly the problem. There’s nothing wrong with desiring sex. I’m extremely sex positive. Rather, […]

STUDY ALERT: Physiological correlates and emotional specificity of human piloerection

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 17, 2017 in Blog, Study Alerts

Physiological correlates and emotional specificity of human piloerection Mathias Benedeka & Christian Kaernbachb Piloerection is known as an indicator of strong emotional experiences. However, little is known about the physiological and emotional specificity of this psychophysiological response. In the presented study, piloerection was elicited by audio stimuli taken from music and film episodes. The physiological response […]

How Can We Cultivate Grit and Imagination in the Classroom?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 11, 2017 in Blog

Though grit and imagination are two important character traits for success, we often treat them as opposed to each other. However, many of the highest achievers find ways to incorporate both dreaming and doing into their work. Educators that combine the two can be an inspiration for students, setting them up for success in the classroom […]

STUDY ALERT: If, Why, and When Subjective Well-Being Influences Health, and Future Needed Research

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

If, Why, and When Subjective Well-Being Influences Health, and Future Needed Research Ed Diener, Sarah Pressman, John Hunter, and Desi Chase We review evidence on whether subjective well-being (SWB) can influence health, why it might do so, and what we know about the conditions where this is more or less likely to occur. This review […]

STUDY ALERT: Being Present: Focusing on the Present Predicts Improvements in Life Satisfaction But Not Happiness

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 3, 2017 in Blog, Study Alerts

Being Present: Focusing on the Present Predicts Improvements in Life Satisfaction But Not Happiness Peter Felsman, Philippe Verduyn, Ozlem Ayduk, & Ethan Kross Mindfulness theorists suggest that people spend most of their time focusing on the past or future rather than the present. Despite the prevalence of this assumption, no research that we are aware […]

STUDY ALERT: Is there a “Flynn effect” for personality”?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog, Study Alerts

Secular rise in economically valuable personality traits Markus Jokela, Tuomas Pekkarinen, Matti Sarvimäki, Marko Terviö, and Roope Uusitalo The secular rise in intelligence across birth cohorts is one of the most widely documented facts in psychology. This finding is important because intelligence is a key predictor of many outcomes such as education, occupation, and income. Although noncognitive skills may […]

Is Tranquility Right for Everyone?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 2, 2017 in Blog

I have a very genuine question, something I’ve long wondered. Whenever I tell people that the feeling of complete inner peace and tranquility sometimes makes me feel uncomfortable, and that on average I actually prefer the state of inspiration / excitement / exploration, the immediate, well-meaning response is always “Give it patience, give it time”. To be […]

Beautiful Minds Newsletter [July, 2017]

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 1, 2017 in Blog

[Subscribe to the free monthly Beautiful Minds Newsletter] Hi All! Welcome to the July, 2017 Beautiful Minds Newsletter. Hope everyone had a lovely June! I turned 38, which caused a lot of reflection. How did I become 38? I still feel like a little child inside. But more importantly, what could the next 38 years look […]

What Would Happen if Our Political Leaders Were Vulnerable, Authentic, and Human?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, June 29, 2017 in Blog

Today we are not only profoundly lacking in humane leadership, but also human leadership. To be fully human means becoming what you truly are, in all of your complexities and contradictions. What would happen if, as a nation, we presented ourselves to the world openly, acceptingly, and honestly? What would be the result? This is […]

Rethinking Autism: From Social Awkwardness to Social Creativity

by Scott Barry Kaufman, June 17, 2017 in Blog

[This article originally appeared at the Behavioral Scientist] At a speech at the United Nations, writer and activist Steve Silberman noted that “society is on the brink of a major transformation in its understanding of autism and other developmental disabilities.” Silberman is right. For years, the story about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was […]

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