Scott Barry Kaufman, Author, Wired to Create

Scott Barry Kaufman

On Air: March 14, 2017

The habits and practices of creatives--and how anyone can harness them.

Scott Barry Kaufman is the scientific director of the Imagination Institute, and conducts research in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also teaches the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology. He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, and an M. Phil in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge.

His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review.  He also writes a regular column at Scientific American called Beautiful Minds, and hosts The Psychology Podcast, which was recently named by Business Insider as a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior”.

His latest book is Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, which he co-authored with the journalist Carolyn Gregoire. In Wired to Create, they review the latest science of creativity, and argue that creativity is a lifestyle that anyone can cultivate by continually engaging in a series of habits– from daydreaming to mindfulness to being open to new experiences.

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