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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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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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[Beautiful Minds] October 2017 Newsletter

[Subscribe to the free monthly Beautiful Minds Newsletter] Hi All, I’m a writer. There, I said it. Welcome to the October, 2017 Beautiful Minds Newsletter! Here’s some updates on creativity, well-being, and the mind from September. Enjoy! Books Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties by Scott Barry Kaufman — Now available for pre-order […]

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There Is No One Way to Live a Good Life

I’d like to offer you two models of human development. The first is what you might call The Surrender Yourself model of development. According to this model, the lowest kind of happiness is having your basic food and health needs met. Then there is achievement– the pleasure we get from earned and recognized success. Then there is […]

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I’m a writer. There, I said it.

I’m a writer. There, I said it. *** That’s the short of it. The longer version is that I decided to jump into the great abyss, and take a risk on a dream. I have been quietly working on a project that excites me so much, and means so much to me, that I decided […]

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STUDY ALERT: The Role of Passion and Persistence in Creativity

The Role of Passion and Persistence in Creativity Magdalena G. Grohman, Paul Silvia, Zorana Ivcevic, and Scott Barry Kaufman We examined the predictive power of 2 different conceptualizations of passion and persistence in relation to creative behavior. Specifically, we examined predictive power of the self-reported grit subscales (defined as a combination of passion/consistency of interests and perseverance) […]

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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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