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Dean Keith Simonton

Dean Keith Simonton

Dean Keith Simonton is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. His bibliography lists more than 400 publications, including a dozen books. Among the latter are Genius, Creativity, and Leadership; Scientific Genius; Greatness; Genius and Creativity; Origins of Genius; Great Psychologists and Their Times; Creativity in Science; Genius 101; and Great Flicks.

Simonton has received the William James Book Award, Sir Francis Galton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Creativity, the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts, the Theoretical Innovation Prize in Personality and Social Psychology, the George A. Miller Outstanding Article Award, the E. Paul Torrance and President’s Awards from the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Robert S. Daniel Award for Four-Year College/University Teaching. He is Fellow of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, and ten divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has served as President of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (APA, Division 10), and the Society for General Psychology (APA, Division 1). His research covers diverse manifestations of genius, creativity, leadership, talent, and aesthetics.

Primary Interests:

  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Group Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Political Psychology
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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Dean Keith Simonton
Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

  • Phone: (530) 852-1677
  • Fax: (530) 752-2087

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