Intelligence Redefined

by Scott Barry Kaufman

Number of pages: 432

Publisher: Basic Books

BBB Library: Education, Psychology and Strengths

ISBN: 978-0465066964

About the Author

Scott Barry Kaufman is an American psychologist, author, and popular science writer known for his research and writing on intelligence and creativity. Most media attention has focused on Kaufman’s attempt to redefine intelligence.


Editorial Review

The IQ test is just a brief assessment of one trait. It doesn’t say anything about a person’s past or future potential. It’s only used to match a person to an intervention. Each person has numerous opportunities to demonstrate their intellectual prowess. A single test score certainly has no impact on a person’s chances of success in life

Book Reviews

"Kaufman makes a convincing case for incorporating valuable but less easily measured attributes into our view of intelligence…. Most powerfully, Kaufman illustrates the importance of uncovering what gives each person his or her own brand of intelligence, taking into account individual goals, psychologies and brain chemistry.”—Scientific American Mind

"The book challenges many common assumptions and practices in the fields of intelligence, learning disabilities and giftedness, reviews the emerging literature on deliberate practice, self-regulation and creativity and concludes with a new and more intelligent — in my mind — definition of intelligence." — Huffington Post

"Ungifted is a virtuoso book that gracefully weaves science, psychology, and the author’s personal experience into a powerful argument for valuing the cognitive strengths of all students, particularly those sidelined in the past by short-sighted assumptions about the limits of their potential.”—Steve Silberman, correspondent, Wired magazine

"Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, is well situated to make an important contribution to our understanding of intelligence ."— The Creativity Post

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Wisdom to Share

Each person has numerous opportunities to demonstrate their intellectual prowess.

There are so many moving parts to the puzzle of human intelligence.

Everyone has unique needs and is worthy of encouragement.

In the real world, people clearly differ in their inclinations, passions, dreams, and goals.

Dopamine plays a crucial role in motivation, and has activating effects on cognition and behavior, pulling us to engage in the world and with ideas.

It’s time to pull back all the labels, expectations, and preconceptions that have been in place over the past 100 years and finally redefine intelligence.

The single most important contribution education can make to a child’s development is to help him towards a field where his talents best suit him.

We should spend less time ranking children and more time helping them to identify their natural competencies and gifts, and cultivate those.

There are hundreds and hundreds of ways to succeed, and many, many different abilities that will help us get there.

People with all different kinds of minds are capable of accomplishing extraordinary things in their own way and in their own time.