The first lecture in the Incite Your Curiosity lecture series from the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Simonton is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis, where he applies quantitative methods to understand the human psyche and its relationship to aesthetics, creativity, genius, leadership and talent. He has studied eminent scientists and inventors, great philosophers and artists, literary giants and classical composers, world leaders and other distinguished achievers in almost every domain of accomplishment. He examines such factors as intelligence, precocity, personality, values, motivation, family environment, education, political circumstances and the broad socio-cultural milieu. From these studies, Simonton has published more than 300 articles and 10 books.