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

Six Elements Of Self-Care In Adults With Childhood Trauma

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...
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Forget Intelligence. Aim for Mental Complexity

By Ryan Smerek, Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Learning at Work
Looking for a different way to think about expanding awareness of workplace dynamics?

Why Psychology Is Essential in a Future Dominated by AI

By Cami Rosso on November 16, 2017 in The Future Brain
In a future where artificial intelligence (AI) is ubiquitous, psychology will help people cope with the uncertainty and change.

The Paradox of "In Here" and "Out There"

It seems that, at least in the academic realm, the "objective" reality does not have to "prove" anything. It simply is. Accepted as it is—as The Truth.

Seeking Self-Improvement? Start with IQ...by Ditching It

By Kevin Bennett on November 11, 2017 in Modern Minds
Many established IQ tests are valid, reputable, and trustworthy, but use caution with free internet tests. Either way, how much should you let a single number affect your life?

Self-Sabotaging Emotional Intelligence

When looking for the negative becomes married to poor self-perception or negative self-talk, it creates a cascade of emotions, dragging us down a rabbit hole of our own making.

Do Smart Phones Make Us Smarter?

By Tim Elmore on November 09, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
If you’re like most, you will consult your phone about 80 times a day. Find out what the latest research says on how this influences your mind and your life in general.

Metacognition and Motivation

By Karen Ethridge Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Cognition Cafe
Thinking in a fast-paced society will often leave you wondering, "how can I process all this information at once?" Thinking about "how you think" may give everyone clues to use.

Animal Intersection: The Intelligence-Happiness Connection

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on October 31, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How humans and animals derive joy from working together. For many species, happiness is closely linked with opportunities to stretch our minds and work as part of a team.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Suicide?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 31, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Suicide is notoriously hard to predict and a source of tremendous suffering. New work shows how machine-learning may provide a game-changing tool for determining suicide risk.

Stressed Out Parents

Parents, watch your stress. Recent research shows that your anxieties can spill over into your interactions with your children.

Measurement Reliability Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in Cui Bono
Many "quizzes" on the Web have no demonstrated reliability or validity. What you need to know as an informed consumer about the reliability and validity of psychological tests.

How to Learn Critical Thinking

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in Memory Medic
You can become smarter by learning critical thinking skills.

Music and Chess Do Not Enhance Cognitive Ability

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in Talking Apes
The notion that certain activities can enhance general cognitive abilities is appealing, but there’s little evidence to support such claims.

The Simplistic Debate Over Artificial Intelligence

By Preston Estep Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Novo Sapiens
Will advanced artificial intelligence launch a human doomsday, or instead prevent one?

Brain Wellness Takes a Quantum Leap

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Digital Altruism
Soon, consciousness-hacking gyms may become mainstream.

What Every New Leader Needs to Know

Workplaces that allow the human spirit to soar are not that hard to create. Here is what every new leader needs to know.
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Can Digital Health Rescue Health Care?

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on October 24, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
Former executives of Coursera, Trulia, and LinkedIn turn their focus to behavioral health startups.

Are You Sucking the Intelligence Out of Your Team?

By Peter Bregman on October 23, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the one question that can make you a multiplier, a workaround for micromanaging, and the five disciplines of the multiplier leader.

Courageous Parents, Smart Kids

How much does your parenting really matter? New research shows that just believing in the importance of your parenting can make your child smarter. The connection explained.

A Case for Neural Augmentation

By Eric Leuthardt M.D. on October 20, 2017 in Mind Blender
In an era when information is expanding exponentially, we may have to modify our brains to keep up.

Tap Into the Inner Genius You Didn’t Know You Had

Research show that genius is inside each of us, but how can we access it?

Brainy and Bored: Why Whiz Kids Require Special Attention

By Dena Kouremetis on October 19, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
Gifted kids need just as much guidance as everyone else.

A Higher Intelligence May be Signaling This Statistician

Even when confronted personally with a low probability coincidence, a major statistician clings tightly to his belief in the full explanatory power of coincidences.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene: 7

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Notwithstanding the uniqueness of human beings, a focus on the broadest timescale of analysis reminds us that evolution unites Homo sapiens with all other living systems.

Empowering Students of Color (Part 5 of 8)

Authors Thompson and Thompson share strategies from their book Yes, You Can!: Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color.

Boost Your Cultural Intelligence with This Simple Tool

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on October 08, 2017 in Adaptation
No more messy frameworks. This tool distills culture into six simple elements.

Knowing Just Enough to Be Dangerous

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 07, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Can too much confidence be a bad thing?

What's in a Number?

What does a measure of IQ actually tell us about a person?

The Age of Centaurs

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
Forget about man versus machine, the real challenge is man plus machine. Humans add value to advanced computer models and AI in fields such as chess and weather forecasting.