Once Again: Black Women are NOT (Rated) Less Attractive

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 2, 2013 in Blog

I’m frustrated by Satoshi Kanazawa. Again. It was bad enough that Guardian journalist Sadhbh Walshe recently gave Kanazawa’s pseudoscience the light of day: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/07/smart-women-not-having-kids. But no, she thought it would all be OK with this caveat: “Kanazawa’s judgement has been called into question in the past, regarding a study in which he found that black women are less […]

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 30, 2012 in Blog

[This article was co-authored with Kevin McGrew]

Our society has clear expectations regarding students who don’t fit the norm. In a 2004 national survey reported in Education Week, 84% of 800 surveyed special and general education teachers did not believe that students in special education should be expected to meet the same set of academic standards articulated for students without disabilities. These beliefs are important, as they guide policies that either encourage or hinder students with disabilities from receiving the same opportunities to flourish as everyone else. Read More

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 8, 2012 in Blog

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” — Salvador Dali Must one risk getting lost in the sea of madness in order to reach the lone island of genius? While not necessarily mad, creative minds are often chaotic, untethered and unhinged. These thought processes enable a creative person […]

Educational Psychologist Kevin McGrew: An IQ Test Maker Who Goes Beyond IQ

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 7, 2012 in Blog

Dr. Kevin McGrew is the Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP).  He received a masters degree in school psychology at Moorhead State University and his doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota.  He was a practicing school psychologist for 12 years.  He spent 10 years as a Professor of Applied […]

Who Is Currently Identified as Gifted in the United States?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, in Blog

Today, lots of different definitions of giftedness exist. This wasn’t always the case. Prior to 1972, practically every school used one criterion and one criterion only to identify giftedness: an IQ cut-off of 130. This criterion was heavily influenced by the pioneering work of Lewis Terman, who equated high IQ with genius. Read More

The Will and Ways of Hope

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 29, 2011 in Blog

Talent, skill, ability—whatever you want to call it—will not get you there. Sure, it helps. But a wealth of psychological research over the past few decades show loud and clear that it’s the psychological vehicles that really get you there. You can have the best engine in the world, but if you can’t be bothered […]

The Origins of Positive-Constructive Daydreaming

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 25, 2011 in Blog

[This article was written by Scott Barry Kaufman and Jerome L. Singer] Once accused of being absent-minded, the founder of American Psychology, William James, quipped that he was really just present-minded to his own thoughts. William James didn’t just live in his own head, but he also studied the phenomenon, coining the term “stream of […]

Confidence Matters Just as Much as Ability

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 7, 2011 in Blog

A bulk of research shows that when people are put in situations where they are expected to fail, their performance does plummet. They turn into different people. Their head literally shuts down, and they end up confirming the expectations. When they’re expected to win, their performance shoots back up. Same person, difference expectations. In recent […]

The Dark Side of Creativity

by Scott Barry Kaufman, December 2, 2011 in Blog

Creativity is great. In the words of the philosopher Elliot Samuel Paul, “Creativity pervades human life. It is the mark of individuality. The vehicle of self-expression. The engine of progress in every human endeavor.” Still, this doesn’t mean creativity is always ethical. Creativity comes from humans, and humans are complex. Creative people are the most […]

Who Enters Flow?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 20, 2011 in Blog

Flow- the mental state of being completely present and fully immersed in a task- is a strong contributor to creativity. When in flow, the creator and the universe become one, outside distractions recede from consciousness, and one’s mind is fully open and attuned to the act of creating. There is very little self-awareness or critical […]

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