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I'm a researcher, author, and speaker who is deeply interested in helping all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life.

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Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Discover the 10 Things Great Artists, Writers, and Innovators Do Differently

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Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman offers a new way of looking at intelligence.

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The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

Written by leading philosophers and psychologists, these essays integrate philosophical insights with empirical research.

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The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

A variety of perspectives and the most cutting-edge research on genes, talent, expertise, practice, creativity, savants, passion, and persistence.

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What Can Musicians Teach Us About Imagination?

What is the nature of music? What is imagination in music? What’s the role of intuition in music? What motivates musicians? What makes a great musical performance? What creates transcendence in music? What is the role of the audience? What are some recommended approaches for increasing creativity in music teachers and music students? These are […]

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Beautiful Minds Newsletter [August, 2017]

[Subscribe to the free monthly Beautiful Minds Newsletter] Hi All, Welcome to the August, 2017 Beautiful Minds Newsletter! Here’s some updates on creativity, well-being, and the mind from July. Enjoy! Podcast Episodes Aging Meaningfully with Christina Pierpaoli Awakening Compassion in the Workplace with Jane Dutton and Monica Worline Strengths-Based Parenting with Lea Waters The Latest Science […]

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The Science of Passionate Sex

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, […]

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STUDY ALERT: Physiological correlates and emotional specificity of human piloerection

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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