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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 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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Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties

Cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to creating an environment where twice-exceptional students can thrive.

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Maslow’s insightful advice on overcoming writer’s block and the necessity of writing for self-actualization

In the winter of 1963-64, the psychologist Abraham Maslow taught the course “Experiential Approaches to Personality” at Brandeis University. In a new book published by Maurice Bassett, you can take a front-row seat in his course. Personality & Growth: A Humanistic Psychologist in the Classroom contains the transcribed recordings of Maslow’s lectures during that time. […]

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Authenticity Under Fire

Authenticity is one of the most valued characteristics in our society. As children we are taught to just “be ourselves”, and as adults we can choose from a large number of self-help books that will tell us how important it is to get in touch with our “real self”. It’s taken as a given by […]

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In-Group Favoritism Is Difficult to Change, Even When the Social Groups Are Meaningless

People are really quick to sort themselves into categories, or social groups, and to form a preference for their in-group. In-group favoritism starts early, and has been found in children across a wide range of categories, including gender, race or ethnicity, language, nationality, and religion. Intuitively, we may think that in-group favoritism develops because the in-group is meaningful. However, almost […]

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STUDY ALERT: Are Sex Differences in Preferences for Physical Attractiveness and Good Earning Capacity in Potential Mates Smaller in Countries With Greater Gender Equality?

Lingshan Zhang, Anthony J. Lee, Lisa M. DeBruine, and Benedict C. Jones Abstract On average, women show stronger preferences for mates with good earning capacity than men do, while men show stronger preferences for physically attractive mates than women do. Studies reporting that sex differences in mate preferences are smaller in countries with greater gender […]

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STUDY ALERT: Does Left-Wing Authoritarianism Exist in the United States?

  Finding the Loch Ness Monster: Left-Wing Authoritarianism in the United States Lucian Gideon Conway, III, Shannon C. Houck, Luara Janelle Gornick, & Meredith A. Repke Although past research suggests authoritarianism may be a uniquely right-wing phenomenon, the present two studies tested the hypothesis that authoritarianism exists in both right-wing and left-wing contexts in essentially equal degrees. Across […]

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STUDY ALERT: Clinical Correlates of Vulnerable and Grandiose Narcissism: A Personality Perspective

Clinical Correlates of Vulnerable and Grandiose Narcissism: A Personality Perspective Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, Brandon Weiss, MA, Joshua D. Miller, PhD, and W. Keith Campbell, PhD There is broad consensus that there are at least two different dimensions of narcissism: vulnerable and grandiose. In this study, the authors use a new trifurcated, three-factor model of […]

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