Ungifted

Intelligence Redefined

By Scott Barry Kaufman; George Doutsiopoulos (Illustrator)
(Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465025541, 397pp.)

Publication Date: June 2013

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Child prodigies. Gifted and Talented Programs. Perfect 2400s on the SAT. Sometimes it feels like the world is conspiring to make the rest of us feel inadequate. Those children tapped as possessing special abilities will go on to achieve great things, while the rest of us have little chance of realizing our dreams. Right?
In "Ungifted," cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman--who was relegated to special education as a child--sets out to show that the way we interpret traditional metrics of intelligence is misguided. Kaufman explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional wisdom about the childhood predictors of adult success. He reveals that there are many paths to greatness, and argues for a more holistic approach to achievement that takes into account each young person's personal goals, individual psychology, and developmental trajectory. In so doing, he increases our appreciation for the intelligence and diverse strengths of prodigies, savants, and late bloomers, as well as those with dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, and ADHD.
Combining original research, anecdotes, and a singular compassion, "Ungifted" proves that anyone--even those without readily observable gifts at any single moment in time--can become great.



About the Author
Scott Barry Kaufman is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University, an M.Phil. in experimental psychology from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include the nature, identification and development of human intelligence, creativity and imagination; individual differences in implicit cognition; openness to experience; humor ability; and evolutionary psychology. In addition to publishing more than 25 book chapters and articles in professional journals such as Cognition, Intelligence and the Journal of Creative Behavior, he is co-editor of The Psychology of Creative Writing (2009) with James C. Kaufman. His work has been covered in media outlets such as Scientific American Mind and Men's Health. Additionally, he writes a blog for Psychology Today entitled 'Beautiful Minds'. Kaufman is the recipient of the 2008 Frank X. Barron award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association for his research on the psychology of aesthetics, creativity and the arts.

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