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Why Education Needs More Radioactive Spiders

Why Education Needs More Radioactive Spiders

Education needs more radioactive spiders. Stay with me. Remember Peter Parker? His childhood wasn’t easy. Both of his parents– Richard and Mary– were killed on a mission as double agents...

September 9, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Why Do You Want to Be Famous?

Why Do You Want to Be Famous?

In 2012, a study found that a desire for fame solely for the sake of being famous was the most popular future goal among a group of 10-12 year olds, overshadowing hopes for financial success, achievement, and a sense of community...

September 4, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Blurred Lines, Androgyny and Creativity

Blurred Lines, Androgyny and Creativity

“The time is right for Michael Jackson, because American culture has gotten better at handling sex and playing with gender roles. He gives you the sense that you can play with anything– with being a man or a woman, black or white, scared or scary, or some funny combination of all of them.”  –Marshall Berman in All That [...]..

September 1, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Wanted: America’s Most Inspiring Dreamers

Wanted: America’s Most Inspiring Dreamers

50 years ago today, Martin Luther King inspired a nation with his I Have A Dream Speech. What if Martin Luther King was never allowed to put his revolutionary dream into action, stifled by an educational climate that promotes conformity, efficiency, and standardization?...

August 28, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

23 Signs You're Secretly a Narcissist Masquerading as a Sensitive Introvert

If I see one more listicle about introversion, I’m going to cry. It started out with the fairly reasonable “31 Unmistakable Signs That You’re An Introvert.” Sure, many of the items on the list offered an exaggerated version of introversion, but there were some real gems that had a large grain of truth. Like this one: [...]..

August 26, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
IQ Test Controversies Persist

IQ Test Controversies Persist

What do IQ tests measure? Can intelligence be improved? How should we select students for gifted and talented programs? How well do IQ tests predict success in life?

August 23, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic?...

August 19, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Finding Creativity on IQ Tests

When I was a little tyke, my school psychologist told my parents that I was one of the most creative test takers he'd ever seen, but that it was a darn shame he couldn't give me any points for being so creative on the IQ test...

July 18, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

In Defense of Intelligent Testing

I recently published a book called Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. With a title like that, you'd think the book is one big anti-IQ, anti-testing manifesto.

July 15, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Neuroscience of Social Influence

Before I wrote this article, I went through two stages. In the first stage, I cruised the academic journals for interesting papers. Once I found a study that grabbed me, I entered phase two: I figured out how in the world to communicate the essence of the findings to a broad audience in a comprehensible, interesting, and relatable way without skimping on the science...

July 9, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Q & A with Temple Grandin on The Autistic Brain

To many, Temple Grandin is the public face of autism. Grandin’s story has significantly increased autism awareness around the world, and has increased society’s appreciation of the unique and positive characteristics of the autistic mind...

June 26, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Review of The Autistic Brain

To many, Temple Grandin is the public face of autism. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Grandin's story has significantly increased autism awareness around the world, and has increased society's appreciation of the unique and positive characteristics of the autistic mind...

June 24, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Is Your Child Ungifted?

 When Jay Leno asked Steve Carell how his kids were doing, he didn’t seem too concerned: “I hate it when people talk about kids on talk shows. I hate it, because every person who talks about their kids, their kids are obviously the most intelligent and the cutest...

June 20, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

How Renaissance People Think

Do you think like a polymath? Here’s a quick test: Are you more of a rational or intuitive thinker? If you cringed as you read the question and thought to yourself “I love constantly shifting between both modes of thought,” then you’re on the polymath path.According to psychologist Seymour Epstein’s cognitive-experiential self-theory, humans have two parallel but interacting modes of information processing...

June 18, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

How Do Artists Differ From Bank Officers?

What are creative people like? As we saw in my prior post, various creativity researchers tend to converge on the same conclusion: creative people are complex .

June 15, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

After the Show: The Many Faces of the Creative Performer

“ The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death...

June 10, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Hardcover | E-book | Audio bookHere’s to the kids who are different,The kids who don’t always get A’sThe kids who have ears twice the size of their peers, And noses that go on for days ...

June 4, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Review of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

In the highly salable field of "brain fitness," there is an awful lot of hype. How can consumers possibly sort the science from the pseudo-science? Thankfully, there are resources such as The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013)...

May 28, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Gorillas Agree: Human Frontal Cortex is Nothing Special

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish -- Douglas Adams In a humbling moment for our species, the following big news has just been published: When it comes to the frontal lobes, we're not so special after all...

May 16, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
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