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Stories by Scott Barry Kaufman

Introducing Beautiful Minds

When I was a kid, I was diagnosed with a learning disability. By the age of three, I had already suffered from twenty-one ear infections. As a result, I developed "Central Auditory Processing Disorder," which made it very difficult for me to process auditory input in real time...

March 13, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Is General Intelligence Compatible with Evolutionary Psychology?

Scott: So what do you make of general intelligence ? John Tooby: [chuckles] To heck if I know! ***Exchange at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society*** Obviously, John Tooby, one of the founders of evolutionary psychology, was being a bit cheeky...

June 27, 2012 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Is High Ability Necessary for Greatness?

As soon as I saw the headline “Research sheds light on origins of greatness” , my interest was piqued. The article is referring to a new paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science , so I immediately downloaded that paper and left the press release open to the side...

October 14, 2011 — Scott Barry Kaufman

A Call for New Measures of Asperger's and Schizotypy

At their extremes, both autism and schizophrenia are debilitating disorders. But what is the relationship between them? The Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who coined the terms "schizophrenia" and "autism" a century ago, viewed autism as a form of solitude and schizophrenia as an extreme form of autism representing withdrawal from reality...

August 17, 2011 — Scott Barry Kaufman
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