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James Kaufman
A psychologist/creativity researcher
A psychologist/creativity researcher

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Good piece on creativity and mental illness.
A critical look at the mental illness-creativity link, with quotes by creativity research superstars Dean Keith Simonton, James C. Kaufman, and Keith Sawyer.

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My latest blog from Psychology Today

Working on a project on creativity in which me and my collaborator are interviewing accomplished creative folks. If you're an accomplished creative person or know one, please drop me a line!

Still catching up post-APA. Lots of new ideas, projects, collaborations, etc!

About to go East for a bit. Looking forward to American Psychological Association. If you are a creativity researcher, Division 10 is devoted to the psychology of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts (actually, it's devoted to that regardless of whether you're a creativity researcher) -- worth joining (you get a cool journal). Lots of great Division 10 programming this year!

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Great resources from a great scholar!
Help me circle-source a list of online readings, videos, comics, etc. for teaching introductory psychology.

For the past two years, I've been gathering and categorizing blog posts and other resources. I've already added 180 categorized entries to this public Google Spreadsheet:

Have you written about classic or current findings in psychology online and in a publicly available (free) location? Have you run across great blog posts, newspaper articles, or magazines that give an interesting take on psychology. Have you found great online videos or comics to illustrate a point? If so, please help by adding them

The first column provides a drop down menu of typical intro psych textbook chapters (please try to find the best fit). The other columns should be self-explanatory based on the content I've already added.

Why I'm doing this:

This fall I'm going to be teaching an Introductory Psychology course, and I've decided to teach it without using a textbook. My reasons are many, and I'll write about them at some point soon. Given the explosion in good science writing online, I think there are now enough online resources to cover almost all the core content for an intro course in a more engaging way than a textbook can. For me, a huge advantage of this approach is that it allows me to assign articles, essays, or blog posts that present conflicting views or that express scientific opinions. I hope to encourage students to think critically about the readings, and I hope that this approach will encourage them to explore more on their own as well. And, I hope that with more engaging (and free) readings, more students will do them.

Please share this with others who might be interested (you can email the link and my message to people not on Google + if you want). I hope that this document will prove to be a useful resource.

First post here. I have no clue if this will take off. Still trying to figure out the Circles concept. I think it could be clever if it takes off.
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