What Is Intelligence?

Reading a road map upside-down and generating synonyms for the word "brilliant" are two very different skills. But each is a measurable indicator of general intelligence, a construct that includes problem solving abilities, spatial manipulation and language acquisition. Scientists generally agree that intelligence can be captured by psychometric tests. But the study of intelligence is dogged by questions of just how much IQ contributes to an individual's success and well-being, how genes and environment interact to generate smarts and why the average IQ score rose throughout the world during the twentieth century.

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What Creates Superior Brain Connectivity, According to Study

By Susan Reynolds on September 19, 2017 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Participants on the “positive” side reflected stronger connectivity associated with higher cognitive functions, including memory, language, introspection, and imagination.
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Ignorance Isn't Bliss—It's Frightening

By David Niose on September 14, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Survey numbers show Americans lack knowledge of basic civics. What does it mean?
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Critiquing "Spiritual Intelligence"

Is it possible to consider "spiritual intelligence" in a rational and scientific manner?

Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas' new book called "Tamed & Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind" is a gem of a collection written by these two gifted women.

Teaching Children to Be Honorable

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
Children are biologically wired to behave falsely. Where do they learn moral values and respect for truth?

Exploding Three Myths and Stereotypes of Aging

Are we really predestined to become senile and fall apart as we age? Let's stand up for ourselves and appreciate the facts of growing older.

Assessing Trust

By Judith E. Glaser on September 07, 2017 in Conversational Intelligence
Few managers and leaders understand how vital and intelligent quality conversations and interviews are to the health and productivity of a company’s culture.

The War on Experts

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Countering the exaggerated claims of researchers in the fields of Decision Making, Heuristics and Biases, Evidence-Based Performance, Sociology, and Information Technology.
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What is "Spiritual Intelligence" Anyway?

If "spiritual intelligence" is a real thing, what might it consist of? Probably, elements of personality, intelligence, and altered states of consciousness.

An "Intelligence Pill"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in How To Do Life
One of humankind's most world-improving goals.

Literacy Rampage: So, You Wanna Be Literate?

By Frank J. Ninivaggi M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 04, 2017 in Envy This!
Becoming literate has longer-term implications for major developmental and life transitions. Health literacy emerges from basic literacy.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 5

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in In One Lifespan
There are five disciplines that need to be mastered.

New Study of Ape Cognition Shows We're Not All That Unique

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new essay summarizing great ape intelligence and cleverness argues against human exceptionalism and speciesistic claims that humans are all that special, unique, and "smarter."

Your Seven Keys to Good Thinking

By Guy P. Harrison on August 31, 2017 in About Thinking
These seven keys to good thinking will serve you well over your lifetime.
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Is "Spiritual Intelligence" a Valid Concept?

"Spiritual intelligence" has been popularized in recent years as an "alternative" intelligence based on little evidence, However, could the concept have some scientific merit?

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 4

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in In One Lifespan
We need to broaden the scope of our thinking in relation to human intelligence.

Have a Great School Year

By Natalie Kerr Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Social Influence
Parents and teachers should foster a growth mindset in children. Here's how to do it.

Human-Like Consciousness and Human-Like Intelligence

The relationship between human-like qualities and the capacity for consciousness, the H-C plane, gets more complicated with the consciousness and attention dissociation.

War, Intelligence Collectors, and Inevitable Mortality

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Caveman Politics
Your job is to go into a dangerous place and talk with people who may want to kill you. Your job constantly reminds you of your own mortality. How do you do this job effectively?

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 3

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Embracing collective intelligence means embracing a new adventure along a new and uncertain path.

Love Makes You Dumb, Sex Makes You Smart

It's not a stretch to believe that love makes you dumb, but can sex make you smarter? Explore the complex connections among love, sex, and intellect.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 2

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in In One Lifespan
The first century of our ‘third’ millennium is an incredibly fascinating and unique point in human history.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 1

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Fixed beliefs may lead us to ignore aspects of reality.

Is There Such a Thing as a Personal Destiny?

Does a preordained power we call destiny control both the nature of the events that occupy our lives and the resulting planned or spontaneous actions we take?

Are Older People Wiser?

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Memory worsens as we get older, but research also suggests that our strategy for the way that we process thoughts and information changes for the better.

Can Science Provide Insight into the Arts?

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Live... In Concert
Research has shown that the diehard talent myth is not only useless in explaining anything but also harmful to people who might otherwise enjoy a more musically enriching life.

Who's More Emotionally Intelligent, and Does Gender Matter?

Are women really poorly suited for careers in tech? One Google engineer’s claims got him fired. The facts based on personality research prove that Google made the right decision.

How Smart Should a Leader Be?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Is it possible for a leader to be too smart? New research suggests that the link between intelligence and perceived leadership may be more complicated than you might think.

What Graduate Students Need to Know (and What Nobody Says)

The perfect is the enemy of the good. You can rewrite, you can revise, you can refine, but the first thing you have to do is write.
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Dementia and Cancer: the Two-Thirds Rule

Is luck the biggest factor in health outcomes?