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
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 PeopleBy 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 MaleBy 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.
Learning to express anger in a healthy way will help couples resolve conflicts, instead of letting them simmer.
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
Technology can make our lives happier and more productive—but only if we use it intentionally, a new book argues.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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