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Scott Barry Kaufman

 

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is scientific director of The Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on the measurement and development of imagination, creativity, and play, and teaches the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology. Kaufman is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and co-author of the book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire).Follow on Twitter @sbkaufman.

 
 
  

Stories by Scott Barry Kaufman

Articles: A Skeptical Scientist Learns How to Meditate

By Scott Barry Kaufman | January 19, 2017

Scott Barry Kaufman shares his takeaways from eight weeks of mindfulness meditation.

 

Articles: Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?

By Scott Barry Kaufman | August 4, 2016

A new study tries to measure the impact of reading on creativity and the motivation to write.

 

Articles: Ten Habits of Highly Creative People

By Scott Barry Kaufman, Carolyn Gregoire | January 20, 2016

Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire explore how to develop creativity as a habit and a style of engaging with the world.

 

Articles: The Myth of the Alpha Male

By Scott Barry Kaufman | December 10, 2015

Single straight guys: If you want to attract more women, research suggests you should cultivate kindness and altruism.

 

Articles: Does Power Corrupt Everyone Equally?

By Scott Barry Kaufman | September 3, 2015

A new film reveals an important but rarely discussed lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment.

 

Articles: Is Kindness Physically Attractive?

By Scott Barry Kaufman | October 15, 2014

A new study suggests that strengthening the content of your character can make you beautiful.

 

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