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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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Are Narcissists More Likely to Experience Imposter Syndrome?

“Some years ago, I was lucky enough invited to a gathering of great and good people: artists and scientists, writers and discoverers of things. And I felt that at any moment they would realise that I didn’t qualify to be there, among these people who had really done things. On my second or third night […]

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Why is it that those who most vigorously defend the importance of IQ are those who emphasize the biological basis of IQ?

I’ve been wondering something, and I’d love to genuinely hear some perspectives on this matter. It seems as though the ones who most vigorously defend the importance of IQ (outside the educational psychology realm) are those who study the genetic and biological foundations of IQ. But why is this the case? Certainly it’s possible to […]

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IQ and Society

On December 13, 1994, a group of fifty-two experts in the scientific study of intelligence and allied fields provided the following unified definition of intelligence in the Wall Street Journal: Intelligence is a very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, com- prehend complex ideas, […]

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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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STUDY ALERT: The development of the Awe Experience Scale (AWE-S)

The development of the Awe Experience Scale (AWE-S): A multifactorial measure for a complex emotion David B. Yaden, Scott Barry Kaufman, Elizabeth Hyde, Alice Chirico, Andrea Gaggioli, Jia Wei Zhang, Dacher Keltner Abstract Awe is a complex emotion composed of an appraisal of vastness and a need for accommodation. The purpose of this study was […]

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