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Stories by 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

One Alien's Report on the Current State of Education on Earth

I don't know if you've heard the big news, but we've been recently visited by an alien. His name is Cretal, and he is from the planet Zoran. He was sent over to Earth to study humans and how they achieve personal contentment and happiness in life...

May 13, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Turning Adversity into Creative Growth

"I create - in order not to cry." -- Painter Paul Klee There's little doubt that trauma can be immensely painful, often leaving deep emotional and psychological scars long after the stressful experience has passed...

May 6, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Profiling Serial Creators

Every single day, all across the globe, extraordinarily creative and talented students sit in our classrooms bored out of their minds . These budding innovators may differ drastically in what particular domain captivates their attention, whether it's science and engineering, architecture and design, arts, music and entertainment, business and finance, law, or health care...

April 22, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

In Defense of Working Memory Training

One minute we're being told that brain training makes you smarter, and the next minute we're told it's all bogus. Confused? I don't blame you. The research literature on brain training is confusing and even sometimes contradictory...

April 15, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Can You Smell Personality?

First impressions matter. This may not come as much of a surprise, but just how quickly we form impressions, and which cues we use to make such rapid judgements may very much surprise you.Take the face...

April 3, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
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