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ERIC Number: EJ825421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6283
"Beautiful Minds:" A Seminar Course on the Psychology of Genius
Simpson, Kevin E.
Teaching of Psychology, v36 n1 p46-50 Jan 2009
Genius-level achievement is a natural draw for undergraduate students, both as a cultural phenomenon and as a topic domain within the science of psychology. Yet within the teaching of psychology literature, the psychology of genius has been largely ignored. I designed a course that combines primary source material drawn from existing empirical findings in the genius and creativity literature with a novel method of inquiry for undergraduates, psychobiography. As an intellectually provocative area of study, the psychology of genius offers teachers a unique way to teach about theory and research in contemporary psychology through a case-based approach. This article describes course readings and assignments, topical areas of discussion, evidence of student learning, and student perceptions of knowledge gains. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A