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The Messy Minds of Creative People

The creative process-- from the first drop of paint on the canvas to the art exhibition-- involves a mix of emotions, drives, skills, and behaviors.

December 24, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

George Alexander Louis: What’s In A Name?

My latest at The Guardian is on the psychology of first name choices – a timely topic, as the royal family has just announced the name of the latest heir to the throne: George Alexander Louis.

July 24, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
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

What's a Dog For?

A few years back, John Homans, former executive editor of New York magazine, published What's a Dog For? — an intimate reflection on his beloved family dog, Stella, as well as a snapshot into the flourishing field of canine science.

August 31, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement

Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement

Openness to experience– the drive for cognitive exploration of inner and outer experience– is the personality trait most consistently associated with creativity.

November 25, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Pulp Fiction Gangster Gets Dogs

Pulp Fiction gangster Jules Winnfield is right. "A dog's got personality, and personality goes a long way.” Cross-species animal behavior studies confirm Winnfield's statement (although he's wrong about pigs: pigs have personality, too).

July 22, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Is Kindness Physically Attractive?

One of the most robust findings in social psychology is the beauty-is-good stereotype: physically attractive people are perceived and treated more positively than physically unattractive people [1].

October 9, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

How Does IQ Relate to Personality?

Personality and IQ have traditionally been viewed as distinct domains of human functioning. However, research over the past three decades suggests that IQ is a personality trait.

April 21, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

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