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Dean Keith Simonton

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis

Dean-Keith-Simonton-metascience2019Dean Keith Simonton is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. After earning his 1975 Harvard doctorate in social psychology, his research has largely focused on diverse aspects of genius, creativity, leadership, talent, and aesthetics. Although he most frequently uses historiometric methods, he has also published mathematical models, computer simulations, laboratory experiments, psychometric assessments, meta-analyses, interviews, and single-case studies. The resulting output includes 14 books, 153 book chapters, 47 entries in 27 encyclopedias, and 345 contributions to 134 journals, annuals, and other periodicals. His Google i10- and h-indices stand at 259 and 75, respectively.

Dr. Simonton has also received numerous honors, such as the William James Book Award, the George A. Miller Outstanding Article Award, the SPSP Theoretical Innovation Prize, and the Sir Francis Galton Award. In 2018 MIT Press put out The Genius Checklist: Nine Paradoxical Tips on How You Can Become a Creative Genius.