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30en-USSix Strategies on How to Rise to the Top in Any Field
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Here are six tips from advertising legend David Ogilvy on how to rise to the top in any field.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201412/six-strategies-how-rise-the-top-in-any-field" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201412/six-strategies-how-rise-the-top-in-any-field#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligenceWorkMon, 08 Dec 2014 16:49:35 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.155977 at http://www.psychologytoday.com7 Lessons for Success, Including a Few You Haven't Heard
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Here are the billionaire Ray Dalio's insights on how to succeed in life.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201411/7-lessons-success-including-few-you-havent-heard" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201411/7-lessons-success-including-few-you-havent-heard#commentsCreativityEducationHappinessPhilosophyeducationlife successopinionspersonal successpersonal valuesprinciplesMon, 10 Nov 2014 15:31:38 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.133468 at http://www.psychologytoday.com1,339 U.S. Colleges Ranked by Average Student Brainpower
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Where should you go to school if you want to be with the highest concentration of the smartest students?<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201410/1339-us-colleges-ranked-average-student-brainpower" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201410/1339-us-colleges-ranked-average-student-brainpower#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligenceTue, 21 Oct 2014 16:59:02 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.162526 at http://www.psychologytoday.comWhere And When Should Math Interventions Be Targeted?
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How much of your math achievement later in life is due to your stable underlying characteristics like general cognitive abilities and personality, and how much is due to your prior math competency or knowledge? The answer to this question is important, because it can help us know how to direct where and when math interventions might be targeted for the greatest payoff.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201410/where-and-when-should-math-interventions-be-targeted" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201410/where-and-when-should-math-interventions-be-targeted#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligencemath achievementFri, 03 Oct 2014 15:17:16 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.161221 at http://www.psychologytoday.comHow Do We Know if Gifted Education Works?
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Economists interested in education have recently started to evaluate gifted education programs. In this piece, we provide a critique of the recent economic studies from the perspective of researchers who study this population regularly.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/how-do-we-know-if-gifted-education-works" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/how-do-we-know-if-gifted-education-works#commentsChild DevelopmentCreativityEducationIntelligencegifted educationtalented studentsMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:30:49 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.160875 at http://www.psychologytoday.comIntelligence Is Critical to the Future of Humankind
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How will our understanding of human intelligence be fundamental to the future of humankind? I discuss this and more with the founder and editor of Intelligence, a journal that explores the current state of knowledge surrounding how smart we are and how smart we can be.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/intelligence-is-critical-the-future-humankind" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/intelligence-is-critical-the-future-humankind#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligencePsych CareersintelligenceMon, 22 Sep 2014 14:31:57 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.159951 at http://www.psychologytoday.comWhat Your Social Media Use Says About You
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How we present ourselves is often not at all the same thing as what we are really like inside.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/what-your-social-media-use-says-about-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/what-your-social-media-use-says-about-you#commentsChild DevelopmentIntelligenceMediaPersonalityTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:58:37 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.159382 at http://www.psychologytoday.comThree Ways We Can All Become Better Teachers
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When we think of a teacher, we often think of our childhoods and desks, and the person at the head of the classroom. But in many ways all of us are teachers in so many aspects of everyday life. Whenever we want to educate someone about something, or help them understand our perspective or point of view, drawing from the craft of teaching can be helpful.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/three-ways-we-can-all-become-better-teachers" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/three-ways-we-can-all-become-better-teachers#commentsChild DevelopmentCreativityEducationIntelligenceTue, 02 Sep 2014 14:23:35 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.158466 at http://www.psychologytoday.com6 Lessons for Love and Life
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In "Love In A Damp Climate," Quentin Fottrell recounts the 10 years of advice he gave on the radio about how to navigate relationships with friends, family members, and partners. Here are six lessons on love and life distilled from his work.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201408/6-lessons-love-and-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201408/6-lessons-love-and-life#commentsHappinessRelationshipsResilienceSocial LifeadviceIrelandlifeloverelationshipsMon, 18 Aug 2014 04:55:46 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.154626 at http://www.psychologytoday.comSeven Ways to Be More Curious
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Curiosity, according to Ian Leslie, is a combination of intelligence, persistence, and hunger for novelty, all wrapped up in one. Leslie, in his book Curious, explores the power of curiosity through a combination of entertaining anecdotes and summaries of pertinent research across many fields. From his work, I have distilled seven ways we might all become more curious.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201407/seven-ways-be-more-curious" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201407/seven-ways-be-more-curious#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligenceMemorycuriousThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:01:00 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.154713 at http://www.psychologytoday.comShakespeare, Vermeer, and the "Secrets" of Genius
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Could just anyone produce a masterpiece like Shakespeare? What are the secrets of genius?<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201407/shakespeare-vermeer-and-the-secrets-genius" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201407/shakespeare-vermeer-and-the-secrets-genius#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligencePersonality10000 hour rulegeniusmalcolm gladwellpracticeShakespearetalentFri, 18 Jul 2014 17:02:08 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.155377 at http://www.psychologytoday.comDo Standardized Tests Matter?
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We face standardized tests throughout much of our lives from K-12, college admissions, graduate admissions, and employment settings. But why are they used so extensively? Do they really matter?<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201407/do-standardized-tests-matter" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201407/do-standardized-tests-matter#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligenceMemorystandardized testsTED talkMon, 07 Jul 2014 14:22:34 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.154373 at http://www.psychologytoday.comSorry Jay Mathews, Gifted Education Matters
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Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews recently argued in “Four gifted writers share doubts about gifted education” that gifted education programs don’t matter. Is this really true?<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201406/sorry-jay-mathews-gifted-education-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201406/sorry-jay-mathews-gifted-education-matters#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligenceParentinggifted educationWashington PostWed, 18 Jun 2014 01:27:16 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.153094 at http://www.psychologytoday.comReinventing The Boundaries of Science Journalism
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I talk with Thomas Lin, editor of Quanta Magazine, about his goals in illuminating underdog areas of science through innovative storytelling.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201406/reinventing-the-boundaries-science-journalism" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201406/reinventing-the-boundaries-science-journalism#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligenceMediascience journalismMon, 16 Jun 2014 11:06:29 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.151340 at http://www.psychologytoday.comAre You an Invisible in a World of Visibles?
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You know the name Barack Obama. You likely do not know the name David Plouffe. That’s because Plouffe was the invisible supporting the visible: he was Obama’s campaign manager. In his latest book "Invisibles" author David Zweig tells the stories of many people who have found great satisfaction and power in behind-the-scenes work, including his own.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201406/are-you-invisible-in-world-visibles" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201406/are-you-invisible-in-world-visibles#commentsCreativityHappinessPersonalityWorkBarack ObamaMon, 09 Jun 2014 10:23:54 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.151336 at http://www.psychologytoday.comThe Right Way to Treat Child Geniuses
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Jordan Ellenberg recently wrote an essay arguing that we pay too much attention to our child geniuses. Is this really true?<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201406/the-right-way-treat-child-geniuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201406/the-right-way-treat-child-geniuses#commentsChild DevelopmentCreativityEducationIntelligencedevelopmentgeniusestalentWall Street JournalMon, 02 Jun 2014 10:34:12 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.151948 at http://www.psychologytoday.com7 Time-Tested Steps to Achieving Excellence
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary on the life and craft of the great 85 year old sushi master Jiro Ono who owns a tiny 10 seat shop in Tokyo that has the highest Michelin Guide rating of 3 stars. Here is the wisdom distilled from the great sushi chef on how to master your craft.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201405/7-time-tested-steps-achieving-excellence" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201405/7-time-tested-steps-achieving-excellence#commentsEducationHappinessPhilosophyPsych CareerseffortleadershipperfectionperfectionistpracticepuritysimplicitysuccesstalenttasteMon, 26 May 2014 10:35:56 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.120151 at http://www.psychologytoday.comWhen Can You Trust The Experts?
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“If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong. In that simple statement is the key to science. It doesn’t make a difference how beautiful your guess is, it doesn’t make a difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is. If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong.” – Richard Feynman<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201405/when-can-you-trust-the-experts" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201405/when-can-you-trust-the-experts#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligenceBad Scienceeducationgood scienceMon, 12 May 2014 10:54:18 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.150328 at http://www.psychologytoday.comMore Gifted Students: Harder To Get Into The Ivies?
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Over at The Upshot, David Leonhardt provides data showing that it is harder than ever to get into one of the Ivies. Could a Flynn effect for geniuses, or more gifted students today than ever before, be part of the explanation?<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201404/more-gifted-students-harder-get-the-ivies" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201404/more-gifted-students-harder-get-the-ivies#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligenceadmissiondavid leonhardtFlynn EffectTue, 29 Apr 2014 03:11:31 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.149458 at http://www.psychologytoday.comDo We Have Trouble Taking Objective Feedback?
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This cartoon has been shared well over 300,000 times. It is from Quick Meme and is titled “Our Education System In A Nutshell.” It apparently resonates widely with people. It initially resonated with me. Until I actually stopped to think.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201404/do-we-have-trouble-taking-objective-feedback" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201404/do-we-have-trouble-taking-objective-feedback#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligencealbert einsteinobjective feedbackstandardized testsMon, 28 Apr 2014 04:07:27 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.138334 at http://www.psychologytoday.comWe Need To Value Spatial Creativity
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At 16, Albert Einstein wrote his first scientific paper titled “The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields.” This was the result of his famous gedanken experiment in which he visually imagined chasing after a light beam. The insights he gained from this thought experiment led to the development of his theory of special relativity.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201404/we-need-value-spatial-creativity" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201404/we-need-value-spatial-creativity#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligencePhilosophyedisoneinsteinintelligenceIQmental rotationnixonteslaMon, 14 Apr 2014 04:24:12 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.138335 at http://www.psychologytoday.comEven Nerds Need To Be Appropriately Challenged
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What happens when there is a large gap between research understanding and public understanding? I discuss this in the context of educational acceleration for gifted kids.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/even-nerds-need-be-appropriately-challenged" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/even-nerds-need-be-appropriately-challenged#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligencepersonal benefitsMon, 24 Mar 2014 01:58:42 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.146747 at http://www.psychologytoday.comTrain Your Brain With a Simple New Game: "Three Words"
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If you enjoy playing Scrabble, you might like a new game I recently discovered called three words created by software engineer Jason Tan. It takes basic elements of Scrabble and turns them into a puzzle. You have to use the letters given to create three words that fill the blank squares to maximize your score.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/train-your-brain-simple-new-game-three-words" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/train-your-brain-simple-new-game-three-words#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligencemathscorescrabblevocabularyThu, 20 Mar 2014 09:09:20 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.146523 at http://www.psychologytoday.comHow Much Do Parents Determine Their Children’s Success?
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Should you have a kid? More than one kid? How much can you influence them? “Parents picture kids as clay they mold for life, when they’re actually more like flexible plastic that responds to pressure, but pops back into its original shape when the pressure is released.”
- Bryan Caplan<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/how-much-do-parents-determine-their-children-s-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/how-much-do-parents-determine-their-children-s-success#commentsChild DevelopmentCreativityEducationIntelligencebehavioral geneticsBryan CaplanconversationMon, 17 Mar 2014 11:11:50 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.138095 at http://www.psychologytoday.comWhy the SAT Needs to Be Harder
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Everyone is now discussing the new SAT overhaul. Much focus seems to be on specific test content changes. However, at least in selective college admissions, one aspect of the test remains ignored: the SAT is still too easy for the most academically talented students.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/why-the-sat-needs-be-harder" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/why-the-sat-needs-be-harder#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligenceFri, 07 Mar 2014 12:01:18 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.145629 at http://www.psychologytoday.com8 Simple Strategies to Improve Your Innovation
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Here are eight simple strategies to improve your innovation.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/8-simple-strategies-improve-your-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201403/8-simple-strategies-improve-your-innovation#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligencebell labscreativityinnovationSun, 02 Mar 2014 03:36:24 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.145244 at http://www.psychologytoday.comThe Olympics: 5 Things You Can Learn About Talent & Practice
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Elite sports competition generates a lot of discussion and debate. Much is bar stool yapping about who was the best ever but some is more serious about topics that include the role of talent and practice in elite performance. So, here are a few thoughts about talent and practice that you might ponder during the Olympics.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201402/the-olympics-5-things-you-can-learn-about-talent-practice" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201402/the-olympics-5-things-you-can-learn-about-talent-practice#commentsEducationEnvironmentPersonalitySport and Competition10000 hour ruledavid epsteinmichael jordanpracticetalentMon, 10 Feb 2014 11:55:30 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.143619 at http://www.psychologytoday.comWhere Can Smart People Have The Greatest Impact?
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Are smart people being channeled down certain pathways to their and our detriment? Instead, should they be building ventures that help build local communities? Where can they have the greatest impact? I talk with Andrew Yang, founder of Venture For America and author of Smart People Should Build Things, to explore these important questions.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201402/where-can-smart-people-have-the-greatest-impact" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201402/where-can-smart-people-have-the-greatest-impact#commentsCreativityEducationHappinessIntelligenceWorkamerican communitiesMon, 03 Feb 2014 11:35:58 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.142064 at http://www.psychologytoday.comAre Wealthier Congress Members Also Smarter?
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Recently the Center For Responsive Politics reported the majority of U.S. Congress members are millionaires. But are more educated (and perhaps brainier) Congress members more likely to have a higher net worth?<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201401/are-wealthier-congress-members-also-smarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201401/are-wealthier-congress-members-also-smarter#commentsCognitionCreativityEducationIntelligencebrainsCongresstop 1 percentwealthMon, 20 Jan 2014 12:07:01 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.142016 at http://www.psychologytoday.comWant to Get Smarter? Read Something on This List
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There’s a lot of hope today that playing mindless brain training games will make you smarter. But instead of trying a quick fix, why not read something that will really work out your brain? It may not be easy, but perhaps you’ll actually learn something by wrestling with difficult material.<p><a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201401/want-get-smarter-read-something-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201401/want-get-smarter-read-something-list#commentsCreativityEducationIntelligenceMemorygeniusreading listMon, 13 Jan 2014 12:17:12 +0000Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.137670 at http://www.psychologytoday.com