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IQ Test Controversies Persist

IQ Test Controversies Persist

What do IQ tests measure? Can intelligence be improved? How should we select students for gifted and talented programs? How well do IQ tests predict success in life?

August 23, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic?

August 19, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Finding Creativity on IQ Tests

When I was a little tyke, my school psychologist told my parents that I was one of the most creative test takers he'd ever seen, but that it was a darn shame he couldn't give me any points for being so creative on the IQ test.

July 18, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

In Defense of Intelligent Testing

I recently published a book called Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. With a title like that, you'd think the book is one big anti-IQ, anti-testing manifesto.

July 15, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

The Neuroscience of Social Influence

Before I wrote this article, I went through two stages. In the first stage, I cruised the academic journals for interesting papers. Once I found a study that grabbed me, I entered phase two: I figured out how in the world to communicate the essence of the findings to a broad audience in a comprehensible, interesting, and relatable way without skimping on the science.

July 9, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Q & A with Temple Grandin on The Autistic Brain

To many, Temple Grandin is the public face of autism. Grandin’s story has significantly increased autism awareness around the world, and has increased society’s appreciation of the unique and positive characteristics of the autistic mind.

June 26, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Review of The Autistic Brain

To many, Temple Grandin is the public face of autism. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Grandin's story has significantly increased autism awareness around the world, and has increased society's appreciation of the unique and positive characteristics of the autistic mind.

June 24, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Is Your Child Ungifted?

 When Jay Leno asked Steve Carell how his kids were doing, he didn’t seem too concerned: “I hate it when people talk about kids on talk shows. I hate it, because every person who talks about their kids, their kids are obviously the most intelligent and the cutest.

June 20, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

How Renaissance People Think

Do you think like a polymath? Here’s a quick test: Are you more of a rational or intuitive thinker? If you cringed as you read the question and thought to yourself “I love constantly shifting between both modes of thought,” then you’re on the polymath path.According to psychologist Seymour Epstein’s cognitive-experiential self-theory, humans have two parallel but interacting modes of information processing.

June 18, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

How Do Artists Differ From Bank Officers?

What are creative people like? As we saw in my prior post, various creativity researchers tend to converge on the same conclusion: creative people are complex .

June 15, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

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