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After the Show: The Many Faces of the Creative Performer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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