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

by Scott Barry Kaufman, November 15, 2016 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, November 4, 2016 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, October 28, 2016 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 […]

Typical vs. Maximal Performance

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 27, 2016 in Blog

Something happened today I wanted to share. I recently started a weight lifting program, and today was “legs day”. Sitting down to do my seated leg press, I was about to do my normal weight for this machine: just the bar. Instead, I decided to challenge myself and put 35 pounds on each side. As I started […]

STUDY ALERT: How does creative giftedness differ from academic giftedness? A multidimensional conception

by Scott Barry Kaufman, October 4, 2016 in Blog, Study Alerts

Giftedness is a multifaceted concept that involves a wide range of inputs and outputs. Hence, there are many theories suggesting a multidimensionality of giftedness. The aim of the present paper is (a) to position giftedness in terms of the processes involved and (b) to propose a multidimensional conception in order to differentiate creative and academic […]

STUDY ALERT: Mind-wandering as spontaneous thought: a dynamic framework

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 26, 2016 in Blog, Study Alerts

Mind-wandering as spontaneous thought: a dynamic framework Kalina Christoff, Zachary C. Irving, Kieran C. R. Fox, R. Nathan Spreng and Jessica R. Andrews-Hanna Most research on mind-wandering has characterized it as a mental state with contents that are task unrelated or stimulus independent. However, the dynamics of mind-wandering — how mental states change over time […]

STUDY ALERT: Openness to Experience Rather Than Overexcitabilities: Call It Like It Is

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 9, 2016 in Blog, Study Alerts

Openness to Experience Rather Than Overexcitabilities: Call It Like It Is M. Alexandra Vuyk, Thomas S. Krieshok, and Barbara A. Kerr Openness to experience is a personality factor in the five-factor model of personality, and it is composed of six facets. Facets of openness appear conceptually analogous to overexcitabilities (OEs), which are displays of inner […]

Does Giftedness Matter?

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 27, 2016 in Blog

On August 23, 2016, Farrah Alexander, a writer and mother, published an article on the Huffington Post, entitled “Maybe My Child is Gifted. Maybe Not. Maybe It Doesn’t Matter” To which she concluded, “Every child is gifted and talented. So let’s stop distinguishing which children are gifted and start celebrating our children’s unique gifts. How is […]

STUDY ALERT: Measuring Well-Being: A Review of Instruments

by Scott Barry Kaufman, August 15, 2016 in Blog, Study Alerts

Measuring Well-Being: A Review of Instruments Philip J. Cooke, Timothy P. Melchert, and Korey Connor Abstract Interest in the study of psychological health and well-being has increased significantly in recent decades. A variety of conceptualizations of psychological health have been proposed including hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, quality-of-life, and wellness approaches. Although instruments for measuring constructs […]

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