Creativity and Life: The Thriving Online Conference

The “Science of Thriving: At Work and In Life” online conference featured presentations by more than 20 leading scientists and authors.

The Presenters:

Science of Thriving conference presenters

Science of Thriving conference presenters

Presenters include Carol Dweck, Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Sian Beilock, Art Markman, Maria Konnikova, Laura Vanderkam, Scott Barry Kaufman and others.

From the site:

“Finding real happiness and satisfaction in your career and at home can seem like a such a challenge sometimes, everything moves so fast and it’s all you can do to keep up with life. Many times that leaves us seeking advice from books, seminars, coaching and videos about how to balance your busy schedule and find your stride.

“The problem with a lot of the advice you’ll hear about how to work smarter, go farther, and live happier, is that it doesn’t actually work. It sounds like it should work, and it’s given with only the best intentions – but it’s based on faulty intuitions and perceptions, rather than hard data.

The Science of Thriving: at Work and in Life is a virtual conference about what actually works.”

[Recordings available.]


Heidi Grant Halvorson

Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist at Columbia Business School, and author of multiple books including:

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently.

Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals
by Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D., Carol S. Dweck (Foreword)

Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World for Success and Influence.
by Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D. and E. Tory Higgins Ph.D.

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Brief audio excerpts from selected presentations:

Daniel Pink on Making an Impact With Your Creative Work  [brief sample from much longer presentation]

He is the author of books including the bestsellers “A Whole New Mind” and “Drive.” His newer book is a #1 New York Times business bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and a #1 Washington Post nonfiction bestseller: To Sell is Human.


Sian L. Beilock is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Chicago. “Her research program sits at the intersection of cognitive science and education. She explores the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations.

Her book: Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.

High ability students, testing and choking – Beilock says high ability students may be most susceptible to performance pressure.

Overthinking and Choking.

The Curse of Expertise

Good Will Hunting

Photo from post: Janitor or mathematician – adult achievement, or not

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Read more about the presentations for the conference and purchase recordings at:

The Science of Thriving: At Work and In Life


An upside of low confidence

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, PhD is a Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and a visiting Professor at New York University.

A summary of his book Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt says it “reveals the benefits of low confidence (including being more motivated and self-aware)…”

One of the reviews on his site

“Maybe you have always intuited, as most sensitive people do, that all the talk about boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem is not the answer to success or happiness. This charming and thoroughly fact-based book will give you the evidence to back your wisdom that being kind and competent works best.” – Elaine Aron, PhD, Author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Undervalued Self.

Here is a brief audio clip in which Heidi Grant Halvorson interviews him:

[Related post: Don’t We Need Confidence To Be More Creative?]


Shifting the paradigm to increase creativity

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D. is “a cognitive psychologist interested in the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality. He applies a variety of perspectives to come to a richer understanding and appreciation of all kinds of minds and ways of achieving greatness. He is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University, where he teaches courses on cognitive psychology and human intelligence.” He is the co-founder of The Creativity Post, writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American Mind, and is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined.


Adam Alter on Labeling and Achievement

Heidi Grant Halvorson interviews Adam Alter about a section of his book “Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors” on labeling students

Alter is “an assistant professor of marketing and psychology at NYU’s Stern School of Business and psychology department. His research focuses on the intersection of behavioral economics, marketing, and the psychology of judgment and decision-making. His work has been published widely in academia—including in The Journal of Experimental Psychology and at the National Academy of Sciences—and has been featured in the mainstream media, on PBS and BBC, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.  Alter has also written for Psychology Today, The Atlantic, and the Huffington Post, among other publications.” [From profile on the conference site.]

Related article: Raising Gifted Kids: Carol S. Dweck on the Impact of Mind-set.


Annie Murphy Paul on Mindset and Intelligence

“We’re living in a different psychological world if we think intelligence is fixed, or if we think it is malleable.”

Annie Murphy Paul is “a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. A contributing writer for Time magazine, she writes a weekly column about learning for, and also blogs about learning at,,, and She contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications.”

She is also author of The Cult of Personality Testing, “a cultural history and scientific critique of personality tests”, and of Origins, a “book about the science of prenatal influences.”

She is at work on Brilliant: The New Science of Smart, to be published in 2014. [From the Science of Thriving profile.]


David Burkus on Myths of Creativity

Burkus is assistant professor of management at the College of Business at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior. In this clip, he talks about the “Eureka” myth of creative inspiration, and about how incubation works.

Also see article with quotes and video: David Burkus on Myths of Creativity.

book: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas by David Burkus


Read more about the presentations for the conference and purchase recordings at:

The Science of Thriving: At Work and In Life


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Originally posted 2013-09-17 13:11:12.


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