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Scott Barry Kaufman
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My new paper at Frontiers, a proposed integration between the expert performance approach and the individual differences approach to understanding the development of elite performance:

"To conclude: while others have suggested the importance of computer modeling for integration (Gobet, 2013), I have argued here that other important contributors to scientific progress are accurate framing of the issues, standing on a common ground of assumptions, and investigating the influence of traits on the development of expertise."
I recently had the pleasure of editing a volume of essays on the determinants of greatness (Kaufman, 2013a). A variety of perspectives were represented in the volume, including behavioral genetics,...
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Wonderful! You're on the right track. I just read your paper and you make several good points in it. Your approach would benefit any work using computer modeling, since such work has to use reasonable assumptions to be effective.

The dichotomy between innate talent and deliberate practice is as false as the one between nature and nurture. All such simplistic dichotomies are generally invalid when it comes to the brain and human development and behavior.

It's very good to see that you integrate differential psychology everywhere it's relevant. It has been an often overlooked or underestimated aspect or dimension in many psychological theories.

Motivational factors are indeed important for the development of expertise, as in all learning in general.

If you're interested I can write more later. Good luck with your work!
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"It’s time we shed these black and white categories, and embrace a much more multidimensional concept of masculinity. The most attractive male is really a blend of characteristics, including assertiveness, kindness, cultivated skills, and a genuine sense of value in this world. The true alpha is fuller, deeper, and richer."

My first article for my one of my favorite websites, The Art of Manliness! I've been wanting to write this post for a long time. So grateful to have been given the opportunity.
Editor's note: This is a guest post from Scott Barry Kaufman. There are a lot of false dichotomies out there -- left brain vs. right brain, nature vs. nu
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+Scott Barry Kaufman Sweet. Congratulations. 
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My latest for +Scientific American.

I like thinking of creative cognition as controlled chaos because it incorporates both elements of the creative process. Cognition that is merely controlled is rigid and colorless. Cognition that is pure chaos is bizarre. But we owe some of the greatest inventions of all time to cognition that is both controlled and chaotic.
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Science-backed inspiring news and tips to benefit your life, inspire others, and contribute to uplifting society.
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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.
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.
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OMG, Star Trek's LeVar Burton (chief engineer Geordi La Forge) and host of Reading Rainbow is going to be Scientific American magazine's guest web editor on Wednesday!!
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"Folks with high intellectual engagement are driven to discover ideas as a scientist does. Those with affective engagement are driven to investigate emotions as a poet does, and folks with aesthetic engagement are driven to find beauty as a painter does."

Nice work +Drake Baer!
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Still I think introversion does play a role
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"What constitutes imagination? How can imagination be measured and developed? What conditions allow imagination to flourish? These are some of the most pressing questions facing our generation.

In recent years, a number of scientists from various disciplines have been attempting to answer these questions. To stimulate and help support this research, we launched the newly minted Imagination Institute. The Imagination Institute is dedicated to making progress on the measurement, growth, and improvement of imagination across all sectors of society. The Institute is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Pennsylvania.

The executive director of The Imagination Institute is Martin Seligman- founder of the field of positive psychology. The lead scientific consultant is Marie Forgeard-Lacasse, and I am the scientific director. Our board of scientific advisors consists of psychologists Angela Duckworth, Rex Jung, Dean Keith Simonton, Robert Sternberg, and Philip Tetlock, novelist Richard Powers, and Major General (ret) Robert Scales. We also are building up an excellent team of researchers here at the University of Pennsylvania, including Jeanette Gianna and Jane Reznik."
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My first piece for +Fulfillment Daily.
First impressions matter, and our opening few lines can either energize the interaction, or cause the other person to look around for the nearest exit.
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Introversion is one of the most misunderstood dimensions of personality. What is the essence of introversion? Let's explore the core of the extraversion-introversion dimension of personality.
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Yes, very interesting!
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"Compliance is concerned with the fear of love being withdrawn." -- Anthony Storr
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Scientific Director, The Imagination Institute and Researcher, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania
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  • Carnegie Mellon University
    1998 - 2003