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Stories by 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

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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