Finding Creativity on IQ Tests

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 16, 2011 in Blog

IQ tests have received a very large number of criticisms since their inception. One of the main arguments made against the use of IQ tests is that they don’t measure creativity. But is this true? Surely creativity involves thoughtful reasoning, divergent production, pattern detection, learning, and other skills tapped into by IQ tests. Indeed, recent […]

What’s a shy, geeky, nice guy to do?: The case of Rebecca Watson

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 9, 2011 in Blog

“I don’t mean to critique on your seduction technique But…sick of all your lines, so cheesy.” —Ke$ha The Datum: Skepchick Rebecca Watson gave a talk in Ireland on being sexualized as a feminist skeptic. After the talk, she drank and chatted with her fellow conference attendees. It hits 4am and she announced she’s tired and […]

The Dark Triad and Impulsivity

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 4, 2011 in Blog

Recently, psychologists have stepped outside of the clinical setting and have accumulated research on how the dark side of human nature varies in the general population. What has become quite clear is that the “Dark Triad”– which consists of the combination of Machiavellianism, subclinical narcissism, and subclinical psychopathy– is an overarching trait that everyone has […]

Is General Intelligence Compatible with Evolutionary Psychology?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, July 2, 2011 in Blog

Scott: So what do you make of general intelligence? John Tooby: [chuckles] To heck if I know! ***Exchange at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society*** Obviously, John Tooby, one of the founders of evolutionary psychology, was being a bit cheeky. But there was also a very large grain of truth […]

Why Isn’t Everyone As Proud As Gay People?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, June 27, 2011 in Blog

This past weekend I saw some truly amazing things. Just walking around the West Village where I live, I saw men of all different shapes and sizes shirtless, in tutus, in dresses, wearing collars, and any combination of those things. I saw women with fascinating hair colors and outfits making out with other women on […]

Humor as a Route to Social Status

by Scott Barry Kaufman, June 20, 2011 in Blog

Just looking at grade school, it’s easy to think that physical dominance is the only route to social status. It seems as though bullies who use physical intimidation, coercion, and fear inducing tactics are the ones who rise in the status hierarchy. Luckily, this isn’t the only path to social status, especially as one leaves grade school […]

How Renaissance People Think

by Scott Barry Kaufman, June 11, 2011 in Blog

Do you think like a polymath? Here’s a quick test: Are you more of a rational or experiential/intuitive thinker?

If you cringed as you read the question and thought to yourself “I love constantly shifting between both modes of thought”, then you’re on the polymath path. Read More

Black Women Are Not (Rated) Less Attractive! Our Independent Analysis of the Add Health Dataset

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 21, 2011 in Blog

[This post was co-authored with Jelte Wicherts] In his well-read blog post, originally titled “Why Black Women Are Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women”, psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics (LSE) concluded that he had found that African American women were “objectively” less attractive than European American, Asian American, and Native American […]

Satoshi Kanazawa Does Not Speak for All of Evolutionary Psychology

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 17, 2011 in Blog

Satoshi Kanazawa’s latest controversy regarding his article (removed from the PT site)  “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” (see Mikhail Lyubanksy’s excellent response “Beauty May Be In Eye of Beholder But Eyes See What Culture Socializes“) has sparked me to make a point I’ve wanted to make for a very long […]

Why Scotty McCreery Will Win American Idol

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 15, 2011 in Blog

After watching the show for so long, I get the psychology behind American Idol (see “How to Win American Idol“). Last season, when it came down to the final two, I correctly predicted that Lee DeWyze would win in textbook fashion (See “Why Lee DeWyze Will Win American Idol“). This year, I’m going to go […]

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