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I am a psychologist, author, and podcaster who is 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 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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Who Created Maslow’s Iconic Pyramid?

Abraham Maslow’s iconic pyramid of needs is one of the most famous images in the history of management studies. At the base of the pyramid are physiological needs, and at the top is self-actualization, the full realization of one’s unique potential. Along the way are the needs for safety, belonging, love, and esteem. However, many […]

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Introducing the Light Triad

“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” – Anne Frank “What’s one less person on the face of the earth, anyway?” – Ted Bundy Why are dark triad people so seductive? Why do they get all the research attention? I asked my colleague David Yaden in his office. […]

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When Does Intelligence Peak?

When does cognitive functioning peak? As we get older, we certainly feelas though our intelligence is rapidly declining. (Well, at least I do!) However, the nitty gritty research on the topic suggests some really interesting nuance. As a recent papernotes, “Not only is there no age at which humans are performing at peak on all cognitive tasks, […]

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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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STUDY ALERT: Are bigger brains smarter? Evidence from a large-scale pre-registered study

A positive relationship between brain volume and intelligence has been suspected since the 19th century and empirical studies seem to support this hypothesis. However, this claim is not uncontroversial because of concerns about publication bias and the lack of systematic control for critical confounding factors (e.g., height, population structure). We performed a pre-registered study of […]

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