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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 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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The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence

The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence

This volume provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date compendium of theory and research in the field of human intelligence.

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Donald Trump’s Real Ambition

I normally stay clear of psychologically profiling public figures. But when the writing is so clearly on the wall, when the stakes are so high, and when the data is so consistent, I am inclined to comment. With Trump, what I see is so clearly a textbook case of a metaphorical computer program running amok, […]

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Is Inspiration Contagious?

“The central, final, inescapable fact is that inspired words create life in us because they are themselves alive.” — Cecile Maurice Bowra, Inspiration and poetry Is inspiration contagious? Do inspired works of art inspire the audience? There is a long tradition in the humanities that suggests it does. Plato once argued that inspiration is transmitted to the audience through the […]

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Grit and Authenticity

Success in accomplishing your goals requires grit: passion and perseverance over a long stretch of time. Grit requires constantly moving toward toward your north star– who you were meant to be–over the course of years, despite life’s inevitable trials and tribulations. This requires the capacity to ignore distractions, and to maintain one’s enduring purpose. But life is not only […]

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STUDY ALERT: Dynamic network interactions supporting internally-oriented cognition

Dynamic network interactions supporting internally-oriented cognition Darya L Zabelina and Jessica R Andrews-Hanna Recent advances in systems neuroscience have solidified the view that many cognitive processes are supported by dynamic interactions within and between large-scale brain networks. Here we synthesize this research, highlighting dynamic network interactions supporting a less explored aspect of cognition with important […]

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STUDY ALERT: The Impact of the Nomination Stage on Gifted Program Identification: A Comprehensive Psychometric Analysis

The Impact of the Nomination Stage on Gifted Program Identification: A Comprehensive Psychometric Analysis Matthew T. McBee, Scott J. Peters, and Erin M. Miller The use of the nomination stage as the first step in the identification process is pervasive across the field of gifted education. In many cases, nominations are used to limit the number […]

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STUDY ALERT: Childhood Intelligence Predicts Adult Trait Openness

Adrian Furnham and Helen Cheng This study used a longitudinal data set of 5,672 adults followed for 50 years to determine the factors that influence adult trait Openness-to-Experience. In a large, nationally representative sample in the UK (the National Child Development Study), data were collected at birth, in childhood (age 11), adolescence (age 16), and […]

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Aug 4, 2016 Denver, CO American Psychological Association

Aug 17, 2016 Mercersburg, PA Mercersburg Academy

Sep 6, 2016 New Hartford, NY New Hartford Central School District