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Developing multiple talents – the pleasures of creative polymathy

Posted Oct 03 2009 10:00pm

Danica McKellar The purposes of this site – Talent Development Resources – include celebrating multitalented creative people, and exploring how they realize their many talents.

In his post “ That’s DR. Winnie to you: A New Child Star Stereotype ” (on his Psychology Today blog), creativity researcher James C. Kaufman, Ph.D. writes about a number of people well-known as child stars, now grown, who have explored talents outside of acting.

He writes: “One of the research topics in creativity that has always fascinated me has been creative polymathy – the ability to be creative in more than one domain…

“There are, of course, the child stars who are still actors (such as Christian Bale, Jason Bateman, Neil Patrick Harris, and Anna Paquin) or end up behind the cameras (such as Fred Savage, Peter Billingsley, and Ke Huy Quan) but what I find interesting are the other ones…

“Danica McKellar (’Winnie’ on The Wonder Years) earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in mathematics, currently writes books promoting math, and has an Erdos number of 4 (it’s like the Kevin Bacon game for mathematicians; Harvard-educated Natalie Portman has an Erdos number of 6).

“Missy Gold (’Katie’ on Benson) received her Ph.D. and is now a clinical psychologist in Portland, Maine (under a different name).

“Although she apparently does not plan on continuing in academia, Mayim Bialik, ‘Blossom’ on Blossom, recently received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Neuroscience.”

[See his post for more.]

The photo is from my posts
Danica McKellar on being girly and tech savvy
Danica McKellar on the power and beauty of math

Related:

My podcast interview: James C. Kaufman, PhD on creativity research

The Too Many Aptitudes Problem, by Hank Pfeffer

Scanner Personality / Renaissance Soul articles

developing multiple talents, self-exploration, developing creativity, creative potential, creative personality type

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