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Scott Barry Kaufman
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Cognitive Science. Intelligence. Creativity. Education.
Cognitive Science. Intelligence. Creativity. Education.

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Hi All, I'm super excited to announce my brand new website!

http://scottbarrykaufman.com?

This new site has been months in the making! I wanted to consolidate everything I've been working on to have maximal impact on the world. Toward that aim, the site now has a "Resources" section, with articles relating to my favorite topics-- creativity, intelligence, education, gifted education, talent, and well-being.

Check it out and let me know what you think. Also, if you think the resources will be helpful to others, feel free to share!

Big thanks to OUT:THINK GROUP!

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Hi All, my new book on creativity, co-authored with the journalist Carolyn Gregoire-- came out this week! Check it out if you wanna read about the latest science imagination, creativity, and play.

Summary:

Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? 

Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes— like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity. Each chapter explores one of the ten attributes and habits of highly creative people: 

Imaginative Play * Passion * Daydreaming * Solitude * Intuition * Openness to Experience * Mindfulness * Sensitivity * Turning Adversity into Advantage * Thinking Differently

With insights from the work and lives of Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, Josephine Baker, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, musician Thom Yorke, chess champion Josh Waitzkin, video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, and many other creative luminaries, Wired to Create helps us better understand creativity – and shows us how to enrich this essential aspect of our lives. 

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"Most people toggle between the imagination network and the executive attention network; when they are hyper focused on the world, their inner stream of consciousness is ignored, and when they tap into their inner self, their executive attention is suppressed.
Not so with creative people. The latest neuroscience of creativity suggests that creative people have greater connectivity between these brain networks that tend to work in opposition in most people. This messiness of creativity at the neurological level mirrors its real-life complexity. Both at the level of personality—which tends to be riddled with paradoxes and contradictions—and process, which is often nonlinear, experimental and serpentine, creativity is a messy matter. Simply put, creative people have messy minds."

Nice preview of our new book "Wired to Create" in TIME Ideas about embracing your inherent contradictions for creative growth! Written with the awesome Carolyn Gregoire.

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Great artists, writers and innovators have "messier minds."

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"There’s something about living life with passion and intensity, including the full depth of human experience, that is conducive to creativity."

My latest for HBR.

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Whoa! Totally humbled and excited I made this list of 50 scientists changing the world. This list is incredible, check it out if you get a chance! Glad to see so many amazing woman on this list, including Maryam Mirzakhani, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Helen Fisher, Cori Barmann, Cynthia Kenyon, Jennifer Eberhardt, and many more amazing men and woman scientists of all different races and ethnicities!!!

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The Creative Life may not always be pleasant, but stick with it, because it can ultimately lead to a deeper and more meaningful sense of well-being.

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LATE FOR WHAT?! CBS Sunday Morning segment on late blooming can be viewed here!
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