Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.
(Author, Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined)
7.4 – The Genius Factor (11.21.14)
Scott Barry Kaufman is a psychologist at Columbia University exploring the depths of human potential. Dr. Kaufman embraces a humanistic, integrative approach to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Scott likes to share his enthusiasm of these topics through his teaching, writing, speaking, and podcast. He writes the weekly column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American and hosts The Psychology Podcast, which has received over 7 million downloads. In Fall 2019, Kaufman will teach the following courses at Columbia: The Science of Living Well and Creativity and the Good Life.
Kaufman’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review, and his books include Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire), and, as editor, Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties and The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence.
Scott received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. In 2015, he was named one of “50 Groundbreaking Scientists who are changing the way we see the world” by Business Insider.
Things Scott did in his past life:
- From 2014-2017, Kaufman was at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was scientific director of the Imagination Institute. In this role, he oversaw a project to advance the measurement, growth, and improvement of imagination across all sectors of society. The Imagination Institute funded 16 research projects to advance the measurement of imagination. They also hosted gatherings of the world’s most imaginative and creative people across 12 domains of human progress (the “Imagination Retreats“).
- Dr. Kaufman is on the advisory board of The Future Project, a non-profit dedicated to working with schools to unlock the limitless potential of every young person in this country.
- Dr. Kaufman co-founded The Creativity Post with Milena Fisher and Elliot Samuel Paul. 
In Ungifted, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman-who was relegated to special education as a child-offers a new way of looking at intelligence. He explores the latest research in genetics, neuroscience, and psychology to challenge the conventional wisdom about the childhood predictors of adult success, arguing for a more holistic approach to intelligence that takes into account each individual’s abilities, engagement, and personal goals. Combining original research and a singular compassion, Ungifted increases our appreciation for all different kinds of minds and ways of achieving both personally meaningful and publicly recognized forms of success.