James C. Kaufman


Expertise: Creativity

Educational Psychology

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Yale, 2001


James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 35 books, including Creativity 101 (2nd Edition, 2016) and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (with Robert Sternberg; 2010). He has published 250 papers, including the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect” and three well-known theories of creativity, including (with Ron Beghetto) the Four-C Model of Creativity. He is a past president of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association. James has won many awards, including Mensa’s research award, the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and APA’s Berlyne and Farnsworth awards. He co-founded two major journals (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture) and currently co-edits the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving. He has tested Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s creativity on CNN, appeared in the hit Australia show Redesign Your Brain, and narrated the comic book documentary Independents. He wrote the book and lyrics to Discovering Magenta, which had its NYC premiere in 2015.

Active Research Areas:

Creativity and Social Justice; Creativity Assessment; Creativity and Related Constructs/Individual Differences; Creativity and Mental Health. Mostly Creativity.

Selected Recent Publications:

* = student or former student co-author

Luria, S. R.*, O’Brien, R. L.*, & Kaufman, J. C. (in press). Creativity in gifted identification: Increasing accuracy and diversity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

McKay, A. S.*, Karwowski, M., & Kaufman, J. C. (in press). Measuring the muses: Validating the Kaufman Domains of Creativity Scale (K-DOCS). Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Pretz, J. E., & Kaufman, J. C. (in press). Do traditional admissions criteria reflect applicant creativity? Journal of Creative Behavior.

Forgeard, M. J. C., & Kaufman, J. C. (2016). Who cares about imagination, creativity, and innovation, and why? A review. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 10, 250-269.

Kaufman, J. C. (2015). Why creativity isn’t in IQ tests, why it matters, and why it won’t change anytime soon….Probably. Journal of Intelligence 3, 59-72.

Tu, C.*, Dilley, A. E.*, & Kaufman. J. C. (2015). Do we create what we watch? Creativity and entertainment preferences. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9, 394-404.

 Avitia, M. J.*, & Kaufman, J. C. (2014). Beyond g and c: The relationship of rated creativity to long-term storage and retrieval (glr). Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 8, 293-302.

Ivcevic, Z., & Kaufman, J. C. (2013). The can and cannot do attitude: How self estimates of ability vary across ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Learning and  Individual Differences, 27, 144-148.

Kaufman, J. C., Baer, J., Cropley, D. H., Reiter-Palmon, R., & Sinnett, S. (2013). Furious activity vs. understanding: How much expertise is needed to evaluate creative work? Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7, 332-340.

Kaufman, J. C., & Beghetto, R. A. (2013). Do people recognize the Four Cs?  Examining layperson conceptions of creativity. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7, 229-236.

Kaufman, J. C., & Beghetto, R. A. (2013). In praise of Clark Kent: Creative metacognition and the importance of teaching kids when (not) to be creative. Roeper Review, 35, 155-165.

Kaufman, J. C., Pumaccahua, T. T.*, & Holt, R. E.* (2013). Personality and creativity in realistic, investigative, artistic, social, and enterprising college majors. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 913-917.

Niu, W., & Kaufman, J. C. (2013). Creativity of Chinese and American people: A synthetic analysis. Journal of Creative Behavior, 47, 77-87.

Full Vita:

James Kaufman, professor of educational psychology, on Feb. 25, 2014. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
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