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I'm a researcher, author, and speaker, who is deeply interested in using psychological science to help everyone– 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 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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Creative giftedness is different from intellectual giftedness

Intellectual giftedness is different from creative giftedness. They are correlated, but they each have unique correlates, and sometimes even have *opposite* correlates. Students who are intellectually gifted tend to be excellent on-the-spot problem solvers and can absorb knowledge like a sponge, whereas creative giftedness can easily be misdiagnosed as ADHD because it’s correlated with impulsivity […]

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2 Beautiful Minds We Lost in 2016: Seymour Epstein and Shane Lopez

In 2016 we lost a lot of human lives. While high profile celebrities are the most visible ones, let’s not forget there were so many lives lost, that once were so full of meaning and purpose, and touched so many on a daily basis. In her beautiful new book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that […]

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How Can Education Foster Imagination and Creativity?

  What is the role of imagination in education, and how can education foster imagination and creativity? What is the purpose of education? What is the purpose of a teacher? What are the active ingredients of effective learning? Given educators’ penchant for measurement, how might imagination and creativity be assessed in students and in teachers? These were the […]

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STUDY ALERT: Reasoning on the Autism Spectrum: A Dual Process Theory Account

Reasoning on the Autism Spectrum: A Dual Process Theory Account Mark Brosnan • Marcus Lewton • Chris Ashwin Abstract Dual process theory proposes two distinct reasoning processes in humans, an intuitive style that is rapid and automatic and a deliberative style that is more effortful. However, no study to date has specifically examined these reasoning […]

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STUDY ALERT: A Systematic Review of Personality Trait Change Through Intervention

A Systematic Review of Personality Trait Change Through Intervention Brent W. Roberts, Jing Luo, Daniel A. Briley, Philip I. Chow, Rong Su, and Patrick L. Hill The current meta-analysis investigated the extent to which personality traits changed as a result of intervention, with the primary focus on clinical interventions. We identified 207 studies that had […]

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STUDY ALERT: What grades and achievement tests measure

What grades and achievement tests measure Lex Borghansa, Bart H. H. Golsteyna, James J. Heckman, and John Eric Humphriesc Intelligence quotient (IQ), grades, and scores on achievement tests are widely used as measures of cognition, but the correlations among them are far from perfect. This paper uses a variety of datasets to show that personality […]

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