New Sensitivity Gene Discovered

Some of the very same genes that under certain environmental conditions are associated with some of the lowest lows of humanity, are associated with the highest highs of human flourishing under supportive conditions.

Social and Mechanical Reasoning Inhibit Each Other

The brain can't engage social and mechanical reasoning at the same time.

The Pesky Persistence of Labels

New study shows that just because a label has been lifted doesn't make it disappear.

Interview with Author and Magician Alex Stone

Interview with Author and Magician Alex Stone about his book "Fooling Houdini."

Social Rejection Can Fuel Creativity

Social rejection fuels creativity for people with an independent mindset.

The Cognitive Psychology of Pick-up Lines

How perception and cognition influences receptivity to pick-up lines.

10 Insights to Enhance the Joy of Learning

The essence of the joy of learning.

Interview with World Memory Champion Boris Nikolai Konrad

A look inside the mind of a world memory champion.

Men, Women, and IQ: Setting the Record Straight

What James Flynn's data actually reveals about gender differences in intelligence.

Pride and Creativity

How is pride related to creative achievement?

Are Prodigies Autistic?

New study on prodigies reveals some startling findings.

Why Weird Experiences Boost Creativity

A crucial trigger for flexible thinking and creativity is the experience of unusual and unexpected events.

Interview with Pickup Artist Chaser Clarisse Thorn

Interview with feminist S & M writer Clarisse Thorn on her experiences chasing "pickup artists".

"Brainy" Is What "Brainy" Does

In his recent article "How Brainy Is Your Major", my good friend Jonathan Wai defines "brainy" and "smart" as doing well on a standardized test. I beg to differ.

Brain Stimulation Makes the 'Impossible Problem' Solvable

'Thinking cap' makes a virtually impossible problem — possible.

Can 'Genius' Be Detected in Infancy?

Heidi Hankins is all over the news for scoring a MENSA-level IQ at age four. Can high intelligence really be detected in infancy?

Personality Influences on Cognitive Training

A new study suggests that the outcomes of working memory training depend heavily on personality—particularly neuroticism and conscientiousness.

Interview with Trina Paulus, Author of Hope for the Flowers

Trina Paulus, author of Hope for the Flowers, discusses the meaning of her book, and her writing process.

The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development

Over the last seventy-five years a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of imaginative play as a vital component to the normal development of a child.

Intelligence in the Brain: Conversation With Neuroscientist Rogier Kievit

Neuroscientist Rogier Kievit discusses the neuroscience of intelligence.

The Origins of Positive-Constructive Daydreaming

The important difference between mind wandering and daydreaming.

Are Narcissists Better at Reading Minds?

Is there a dark side to theory of mind?

How Convergent and Divergent Thinking Foster Creativity

What happens when the IQ test taker becomes the IQ test constructor?

The Need to Believe in the Ability of Disability

Our society has clear expectations regarding students who don’t fit the norm.

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius?

Must one risk getting lost in the sea of madness in order to reach the lone island of genius?

Educational Psychologist Kevin McGrew: An IQ Test Maker Who Goes Beyond IQ

IQ test maker Kevin McGrew on IQ testing and the need to go beyond IQ.

Who Is Currently Identified as Gifted in the United States?

A recent national survey of state policies and practices reveals how the United States defines giftedness, identifies giftedness, and accommodates gifted minority students.

The Will and Ways of Hope

Hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get there.

Is Daydreaming Pathological?

Recent research reexamines the link between fantasy and psychopathology.

Baba Brinkman's Psychological Profile

I had the pleasure of sitting down with rapper, playwright, and science/literature popularizer Baba Brinkman. We chatted about his development as a rapper. I also gave him a battery of psychological tests, and we discussed his results. Have you always wondered whether Baba Brinkman has adaptive forms of narcissism (admit it, you have)? Then check out this video right away!