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Beautiful Minds

Insights into intelligence, creativity, and the mind

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
Do Painters Peak at the Golden Mean?

Do Painters Peak at the Golden Mean?

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” — that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. – John Keats The golden mean, or divine proportion, has fascinated philosophers, mathematicians, artists, and scientists for centuries.

December 15, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Conversation on Daydreaming with Jerome L. Singer

Conversation on Daydreaming with Jerome L. Singer

Jerome L. Singer is the father of daydreaming. His seminal research over the past 50+ years with his colleagues (including John Antrobus and Eric Klinger) has laid the foundations for virtually all current investigations of the costs and benefits of daydreaming and mind wandering (see “The Origins of Positive-Constructive Daydreaming” and “Ode to Positive Constructive [...]

December 10, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
Creativity in the Brain

Creativity in the Brain

What’s going on in the brain when we reason, create, and imagine? A group of thoughtful cognitive neuroscientists have been unraveling some of creativity’s mysterious origins (see “The Real Neuroscience of Creativity” or the recent edited volume “Neuroscience of Creativity”).

November 27, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman
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

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