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The Science of Genius
Cognition

The Science of Genius

Outstanding creativity in all domains may stem from shared attributes and a common process of discovery

By Dean Keith Simonton
Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?
Behavior & Society

Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?

Intelligence is not the same as critical thinking—and the difference matters

By Heather A. Butler
Creativity Is Collective
Behavior & Society

Creativity Is Collective

Personal experiences and character traits alone may not be enough to produce a prodigy. It takes a village

By S. Alexander Haslam, Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno and Tom Postmes
Do D.I.Y. Brain-Booster Devices Work?
Cognition

Do D.I.Y. Brain-Booster Devices Work?

Zapping the cranium may juice up neuron circuits, and use is rising—but there might be a cognitive price

By Esther Landhuis
The Remarkable Reach of Growth Mindsets
Mental Health

The Remarkable Reach of Growth Mindsets

Believing in people’s ability to change can help thwart teen depression, spur workplace creativity and ease political conflict

By Carol S. Dweck
Fit Body, Fit Mind?
Cognition

Fit Body, Fit Mind?

How can you stay sharp into old age? It is not just a matter of winning the genetic lottery. What you do can make a difference

By Christopher Hertzog, Arthur F. Kramer, Robert S. Wilson and Ulman Lindenberger
The Aha! Moment
Behavior & Society

The Aha! Moment

A step-by-step guide to your next creative breakthrough

By Nessa Bryce
Accidental Genius
Behavior & Society

Accidental Genius

A blow to the head can sometimes unmask hidden artistic or intellectual gifts. Might we all have hidden capacities that could be unleashed without brain injury?

By Darold A. Treffert
Nurturing the Young Genius
Behavior & Society

Nurturing the Young Genius

Renewing our commitment to gifted and talented education is the key to a more innovative, productive and culturally rich society

By Rena F. Subotnik, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Frank C. Worrell
Sorry, Mom and Dad, Toys Cannot Supercharge Your Baby
Cognition

Sorry, Mom and Dad, Toys Cannot Supercharge Your Baby

Hundreds of toys promise to help babies read, learn, do math and walk earlier than expected—many without scientific backing

By Erik Vance
How to Measure the Creativity of a 1-Year-Old
Cognition

How to Measure the Creativity of a 1-Year-Old

The Unusual Box test—and what it means

By Cindi May
How to Build a Better Learner
Cognition

How to Build a Better Learner

Brain studies suggest new ways to improve reading, writing and arithmetic—and even social skills

By Gary Stix
Nurturing Genius
Cognition

Nurturing Genius

A long-running investigation of exceptional children reveals what it takes to produce the scientists who will lead the 21st century

By Tom Clynes
Can We Keep Getting Smarter?
Cognition

Can We Keep Getting Smarter?

Ever rising IQ scores suggest that future generations will make us seem like dimwits in comparison

By Tim Folger
An AI That Knows the World Like Children Do
Cognition

An AI That Knows the World Like Children Do

Artificial intelligence has staged a revival by starting to incorporate what we know about how children learn

By Alison Gopnik
The Brilliance Paradox: What Really Keeps Women and Minorities from Excelling in Academia
Policy & Ethics

The Brilliance Paradox: What Really Keeps Women and Minorities from Excelling in Academia

How a misplaced emphasis on genius subtly discourages women and African-Americans from certain academic fields

By Andrei Cimpian and Sarah-Jane Leslie

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