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.

Recent posts on Intelligence

Dogs Prefer Advice From People Who Actually Have the Answers

Data shows that dogs try to "read your mind" to see if you have reliable information before responding to your instructions.

Build Trust and Productivity With a Simple Conversation

By Peter Bregman on April 24, 2017 in How We Work
Are your words building trust and enabling your colleagues to do their best work?

How Smart Is My Child?

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on April 24, 2017 in Self-Reg
When we measure a child’s “intelligence,” the score we arrive at is a product of the interaction between thinking processes and limbic brakes.
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Brain-Computer Interfaces and the Future of Humanity

Is merging the human brain with artificial intelligence the next phase of human evolution?

Intelligence, Education, Personality, and Social Mobility

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in In One Lifespan
What predicts upward social mobility? We identified four important factors—education, intelligence, higher openness and lower neuroticism.

Hardiness and Grit

One might argue that any therapy has as an implicit objective to help the individual acquire the characteristics associated with hardiness.
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What Makes the Human Brain “Human?” Part 1

A quick introduction to some possible anatomical underpinnings of higher consciousness in humans and other animals.
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Emotions as Our Mother Tongue

We strive for competency. We want a better quality of life. To achieve this, our second language, thought, not only needs but demands its mother language—emotion.

How Getting a Tax Refund Can Lead to Bigger Paychecks

By Michael F. Kay on April 13, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
If you are like most people, getting a sizable tax refund is a celebration.

The Passion of Anger Can Be Used in a Constructive Manner

Falling into the common trap of defining emotional intelligence much too narrowly can lead to low levels of Collaboration Essentials.
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Why Do Students of Color Feel Like an Imposter in School?

Do students of color have perceptions of intelligence? Some thoughts on feeling like an imposter

Why Brains Won’t Be Beaten by Supercomputers, or Terminators

Are we engineering our way to extinction? Should we fear machines taking over, or can we solve our way out of this puzzle?

Measuring Smarts

Feedback learning ability might predict academic achievement better than IQ.

Is Clicker Training the Most Effective Way to Train Dogs?

New data resolves the controversy as to whether clicker training is better than using a word of praise when training dogs.

Your Brain on Text

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 04, 2017 in The Human Beast
Athletes look different from non athletes. Similarly, the brains of literate people are different from those who do not read.

Consciousness in Other Animals

This post discusses the challenge of determining whether or not the experiences of other organisms have the same phenomenal quality of our typical conscious experiences.

Transforming Toxic Relationships

Recognizing a toxic relationship can sometimes prove to be a bit elusive. That is in large measure because of what we bring to the table in terms of our own inner narrative.

My Three-Year-Old Failed an Academic Test: Should I worry?

In the early years, ‘school’ should be playful exploration, confidence-building, social development, emotional self-regulation, and play-based skill mastery. NOT drill and grill.

What's Your Omega-3 IQ? A Fun Quiz for a Healthier Brain!

By Georgia Ede MD on March 31, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Find out which foods are secretly sabotaging your best efforts to balance your brain chemistry.

Who Was Psychology's First True Genius?

The first great experimental psychologist did not define himself as a psychologist. But his brilliant ideas and findings remain important in psychology to this day.

The Split-Brain: An Ever-Changing Hypothesis

In 2005, I created a new split-brain model with my father, Richard Bergland, who was a neuroscientist. Since his death, I've updated these blueprints to reflect the latest science.

Giftedness: A Curse or a Blessing?

Children who show early signs of intellectual giftedness can face life challenges that are often overlooked, misunderstood or dismissed.

Making Sense of FBI Director James Comey's Testimony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on March 27, 2017 in Spycatcher
Too often we talk about politicians talking to Russian as though there were no threat—there is always a threat with Putin in charge.

The Forgotten Rural Gifted Child

What can we do to help talented students from rural backgrounds?

The Artistic Side of Artificial Intelligence

By John Nosta on March 22, 2017 in The Digital Self
Need a portrait? Your fine artist might just be a computer.

The Caring Effect

Great leaders identify, measure, recognize, and reward meaningful efforts and achievements. Why should managers and leaders celebrate more?

Intellectual Humility Augments Nonpartisan Open-Mindedness

Regardless of your party or religious beliefs, new research from Duke shows that intellectual humility may be the key to breaking down barriers that divide us.

Kindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School

No other generation has had to cope with this ever-increasing fund of information. Improved technology and more information has led to more memorization & less meaningful learning.
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Technology's Battle for IQ, EQ, or Something Very Different

By John Nosta on March 14, 2017 in The Digital Self
Enough with IQ and EQ. Technology is demanding its own score.