By Scott Barry Kaufman
(Basic Books, Hardcover, 9780465025541, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 2013
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Child prodigies. Gifted and Talented Programs. Perfect 2,400s on the SAT. Sometimes it feels like the world is conspiring to make the rest of us feel inadequate, that we’ll never achieve anything great. In Ungifted, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufmanwho was told as a child that he wasn’t smart enough to graduate from high schoolsets out to prove traditional metrics wrong, questioning everything we know about the childhood predictors of adult greatness. Kaufman explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, positive, and cognitive psychology, to uncover the truth about human potential. He reveals the diversity of paths to success and promotes a more holistic approach to achievement that takes into account each young person’s individual psychology. Combining research, anecdotes, and a singular compassion, Ungifted proves that anyoneeven those without observable giftscan become great.
Scott Barry Kaufman is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University. He completed his doctorate in cognitive psychology at Yale University in 2009, and holds an M.Phil. in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge. In addition to publishing more than 25 book chapters and articles in top professional journals, Kaufman is the editor of the forthcoming Beyond Talent or Practice?”: The Complexity of Greatness. His work has been covered in media outlets such as Scientific American Mind and Men’s Health, and he writes a popular blog for Psychology Today called Beautiful Minds.”