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Beautiful Minds

Insights into intelligence, creativity, personality, and well-being

Why Academic Tenacity Matters

For academic achievement, ability is not enough. What’s also needed are mindsets and strategies for overcoming obstacles, staying on task, and learning and growing over the long-term. According to Gregory Walton and colleagues, academic tenacity is not about being smart, but learning smart.

April 14, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Are You Mentally Tough?

Forty seconds before round two, and I'm lying on my back trying to breathe. Pain all through me. Deep breath. Let it go. I won't be able to lift my shoulder tomorrow, it won't heal for over a year, but now it pulses, alive, and I feel the air vibrating around me, the stadium shaking [...]

March 19, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Reimagining College Admissions Criteria

I believe that if we implemented a more imaginative college admissions system, we'd be pleasantly surprised by just how much intellectual and creative potential there already exists all around us.

March 12, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Interest Fuels Effortless Engagement

Interest Fuels Effortless Engagement

Think back to a time when you were completely engaged in an activity. Maybe it was reading a comic book, or catching up with an old friend.

March 5, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Where do Savant Skills Come From?

Where do Savant Skills Come From?

There's a scene in the 1988 movie Rain Man in which Raymond Babbitt (played by Dustin Hoffman) recites a waitress's phone number. Naturally the waitress is shocked.

February 25, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman
The Mind of the Prodigy

The Mind of the Prodigy

Prodigies dazzle us with their virtuoso violin concertos, seemingly prescient chess moves, and vivid paintings. While their work would be enough to impress us if they were 40, prodigies typically reach adult levels of performance in non-verbal, rule-based domains such as chess, art, and music before the age of 10.

February 10, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman
From Evaluation to Inspiration

From Evaluation to Inspiration

We live in a culture saturated with evaluation. In school, we learn to take tests. We take the tests, and depending on the outcome, either feel really smart or really stupid.

January 8, 2014 — Scott Barry Kaufman

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Know Before You Vote

Know Before You Vote