A New Scientific Framework of Curiosity and Agility

Professor Todd Kashdan

This talk will offer a brand new framework to understand, appreciate, and enhance curiosity in the classroom and beyond.

Curiosity is a buzzword that is misunderstood. Half of the curiosity equation is ignored and people neglect the multiple dimensions of curiosity that exist and types of curiosity people. In this talk, you will gain new insights on curiosity, the psychological benefits of being curious, and strategies to enhance curiosity in yourself and students.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the multiple features of curiosity.
  1. Appreciate what enables curiosity and serves as barriers.
  1. Learn about the link from curiosity to creativity.

About Todd
A world-recognized authority on well-being, strengths, social relationships, stress, and anxiety, Dr. Todd Kashdan has published over 185 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self - not just your “good” self - drives success and fulfillment (Hudson Street Press) and Curious? Discover the missing ingredient to a fulfilling life (HarperCollins). His books have been translated into over 15 languages.
Dr. Kashdan is Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. He has been named Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year at George Mason University and received the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science. He is a scientific advisor for Time, Inc., National Geographic, and Merck.
He gives keynotes and workshops to organizations as diverse as the United States Department of Defense, the World Bank, Hormel, General Mills, Gensler, the Gap, and Standard Chartered Bank. His research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple articles in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and Washington Post. 
He's a twin with twin 10-year old daughters, with plans to rapidly populate the world with great conversation