#98: Dr. Dean Keith Simonton PhD - Exploring Human Intelligence and What Makes a Genius

Dec 28, 2021

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 How do you define GENIUS? If you are thinking high IQ, you might be wrong


Dean Keith Simonton, my guest in this episode, has spent his entire life studying genius and what it takes to be one. Dean Simonton is a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. With almost 600 publications under his belt and has written 14 books, he is an expert when it comes to understanding genius.


In this episode we discuss

👉 What is a genius and how do you define it

👉 How genius manifests itself and at what age

👉 Types of intelligence

👉 What can the rest of us learn from geniuses

👉 How to live a meaningful life according to Dean

👉 And so much more!


You don’t want to miss this episode as it will help you better understand intelligence.


0:53 What is a genius?

9:25 When do you manifest genius and the types of intelligence

16:00 Recognizing genius 

22:22 What can we learn from geniuses

24:35 How to live a meaningful life

28:38 Dean’s message to his younger self

37:20 The main difference between Dean and other people who didn’t achieve as much

45:00 The main lesson from Dean’s book

Connect with Dr. Dean Keith Simonton


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dean.simonton 




University website: https://psychology.ucdavis.edu/people/fzsimon 

Research citations: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=R70qDtIAAAAJ&hl=en 


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