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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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Rethinking Autism: From Social Awkwardness to Social Creativity

[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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Can Narcissism Fuel Grit?

What are the determinants of high performance? My search for the factors that can fuel mastery have no limits– I want to know all of the pathways to greatness, and how all of the various factors can combine to help us reach our personal goals. In recent years, one such factor that has received a great […]

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Creativity and personality: Nuances of domain and mood

Creativity and personality: Nuances of domain and mood Christa L. Taylor, Alexander S. McKay, and James C. Kaufman The nature of the relationship between creativity and personality is one of the core issues at the heart of creativity research. It is a rare topic that can both inspire a kneejerk, obvious response (such as “Openness […]

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STUDY ALERT: Would you choose to be happy? Tradeoffs between happiness and the other dimensions of life in a large population survey

Would you choose to be happy? Tradeoffs between happiness and the other dimensions of life in a large population survey Matthew D. Adlera, Paul Dolanb, Georgios Kavetsosc A large literature documents the determinants of happiness. But is happiness all that people want from life; and if so, what type of happiness matters to them? Or […]

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STUDY ALERT: Lying Because We Care: Compassion Increases Prosocial Lying

Lying Because We Care: Compassion Increases Prosocial Lying Matthew J. Lupoli, Lily Jampol, and Christopher Oveis  Prosocial lies, or lies intended to benefit others, are ubiquitous behaviors that have important social and economic consequences. Though emotions play a central role in many forms of prosocial behavior, no work has investigated how emotions influence behavior when one has […]

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STUDY ALERT: Meta-analysis of the heritability of human traits based on fifty years of twin studies

Meta-analysis of the heritability of human traits based on fifty years of twin studies Tinca J C Polderman, Beben Benyamin, Christiaan A de Leeuw, Patrick F Sullivan, Arjen van Bochoven, Peter M Visscher & Danielle Posthuma Despite a century of research on complex traits in humans, the relative importance and specific nature of the influences […]

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