Professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University.
Genius is arguably one of the rarest, if not the rarest, phenomenon in the human condition. In Murray’s (2003) compelling analysis of Human Accomplishment, genius is seen as describing individuals who generate products that transform humanity. When leaders in the field examine their creative contributions, a frequent response is: “How could a human being have done that?” Because genius is such a rare phenomenon, some have questioned whether it is meaningful to attempt to study it scientifically. Given some estimates suggesting that only about 400 individuals over the past 2,000 years could meet the unassailable criteria across all domains (literature, the military, and science & technology, to name just a few), are there ways to scientifically examine these rare occurrences?Read More