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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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?

Is Critical Thinking the New Mindfulness?

Think "sexy" and think "critical thinking," at least in the not-so-distant future.

Can Technology Make Us More Human?

Do the advances in social media, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technology threaten our basic nature as humans, or will technology enhance our humanness?

Ravens Plan for the Future; Rats Know When They've Forgotten

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Research on animal cognition is yielding very interesting results. New studies show ravens show flexibility in planning for the future and rats know when they've forgotten stuff.

How Are You Smart?

Critical thinking reveals more about multiple intelligences and offers new opportunities for success. You are generally smart in special areas. Must Read!
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National Security Act of 1947 Has Bipartisan Roots

By The Research Lab on July 24, 2017 in The Fundamentals
We need bipartisanship today, and every day. By J. Paul Pope

ADHD: A Bundle of Deplorable Problems Masked in Plain View?

ADHD: a performance deficit---significant difficulties implementing academic skills, not specifically learning them. Is ADHD over-diagnosed and stimulant drugs over-prescribed?

Is Genius Inherited?

It is usually assumed that genius is a completely inherited attribute but experimental studies vary. This study shows that strong motivation and inheritance play a critical role.

How Technology Lowers Emotional Intelligence in Kids

Five negative consequences caused by tech dependence.

The 100-Year Plan

By Kaja Perina on July 13, 2017 in Brainstorm
Psychology Today is 50 years old! The next 50 years will bring the ability not just to quantify but also to alter the brain—the golden age of behavioral science is just beginning.

Westworld, Emotion and the Dilemma of Machine Consciousness

By Richard Yonck on July 11, 2017 in The Intelligence Report
Emmy contender Westworld raises awareness about the future of machine self-awareness. How much longer before real robots are nominees?

Westworld, Emotion, and the Dilemma of Machine Consciousness

By Richard Yonck on July 11, 2017 in The Intelligence Report
Will consciousness always separate humans from machines? Don't be so sure.

The Feral Child Nicknamed Genie

Genie spent the first 13 years of her life strapped to a potty or a chair in a homemade straightjacket. She was never spoken to but turned out to be highly intelligent.

The Three-Legged Stool to Success

Seeking a guaranteed pathway to success for your child? Career readiness and pathways in technology for early college high school, may be your answer.

Bright Minds, Anxious Hearts: 9 Secrets of a 'Magnet Mind'

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in The Shrink Tank
Passionate for learning, emotionally intense, frequently indecisive, and highly achievement striving. What happens when gifted kids grow up to become bright, sensitive adults?

The Children of Divorce

Divorce hurts. Dr. Banschick offers a new course to soften the blow on children. And, enable parents to deal effectively with their ex spouse; even the very difficult ex spouse.

Is Your Smartphone Really Giving You Head Lice?

New technologies are dangerous things. They encourage fear and alarm, especially if they're smartphones or tablets. It used to be like that with reading, too. But look at it now.

10 Reasons Why Teams Need Emotional Intelligence

Why your team needs better EI for better productivity and alignment.

Three New Findings on Intelligence and Giftedness

Some brand new findings on human intelligence and giftedness from the International Society for Intelligence Research.

For Foreign Spies, the President Self-Profiles

By Jonathan D Moreno Ph.D on June 30, 2017 in Impromptu Man
Once world leaders thought they should conceal their quirks. That was so yesterday.

Creativity Goes With Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) famously predicts all kinds of positive attributes. A recent study shows that high EI goes hand in hand with creativity. Here’s why.
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Fake Knowledge or Not Knowing: Which Is Worse?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on June 26, 2017 in Off the Couch
The question of knowledge, facts, and truth is a big one these days. What do we really know? What is the real truth? Who do we believe?

Does Chess Instruction Improve Math Ability?

Chess instruction seems to have promise as an educational intervention. Can playing chess transfer to something like math problem-solving ability?

Are Not Emotions Persons?

“The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not." —Susan B. Anthony

Enhance?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
New discoveries are moving us closer to a time when parents could opt to ensure their child have high intelligence. Here's a short-short story that explores an implication.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Disrupt Your Life

By Ray Williams on June 16, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are on the verge of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another unlike anything we've experienced before.