Where does creativity come from? What makes someone an expert? How can we increase our ability to generate innovative ideas? Join us for a round panel discussion with three of the world’s foremost scientific experts on genius, expertise, and creativity at the Empiricist League’s twelfth gathering.
Doors at 7:30pm. First speaker starts at 8pm.
Inside the Minds of Icons: Historic Geniuses and the Psychopathology That Made Them
Gail Saltz, MD is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, columnist, bestselling author, and television commentator. She is a contributing editor for Health magazine and hosts two series at the famed 92nd Street Y. She has appeared repeatedly on national television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and Dateline and is frequently featured in the national press. She is currently writing a book on genius and psychopathology.
The Role of Inspiration and Passion for Creative Achievement
Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is a psychologist, author, and popular science writer known for his research and writing on intelligence and creativity. He is Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute and a researcher in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also co-founder of The Creativity Post and author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined.
Deliberate Practice: Is That All it Takes to Become an Expert?
D. Zachary Hambrick, PhD, a professor of psychology at Michigan State University, has has argued that there are limits on the effects of training for expertise and creativity, and that genetic factors also play a role. He published an opinion piece in the New York Times, “Sorry Strivers, Talent Matters”. Dr. Hambrick also does extensive work on the merits of brain training, which he shared with the Empiricist League earlier this year.
Polly Palumbo, PhD is a child research consultant, psychologist, and child health advocate seeking more nuance and accuracy in science reporting. She is the founder Momma Data, a blog devoted to debunking parenting advice and children's health news.