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

Dog Training Using Behavior Capture

Behavior capture is a simple and enjoyable way to train dogs and puppies to respond to basic obedience commands.

Does Breastfeeding Boost Intelligence in Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Media Spotlight
Of all the health benefits linked to breastfeeding, its presumed impact on a child's later intelligence is likely the most controversial. A new study shows that that breastfeeding was significantly associated with intelligence at all ages. The link between breastfeeding and intelligence actually rose for children between the ages of seven to sixteen.

The 10 Reasons Why You Need Emotional Intelligence

Your Emotional Intelligence (EI) is vital for keeping and motivating your people and teams? You are the "Emotional Thermostat" for your team and define reality for them. If you don't step up you allow fear, uncertainty and chaos to rule the day. Read the top 10 reasons you should be developing your Emotional Intelligence.

Why Some Math Anxiety Might Actually Be a Good Thing

We typically think of math anxiety as universally bad for math learning, but a team of scholars have now discovered that the relationship between math anxiety and learning is much more complex.

Does Your Birth Order Actually Matter?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 Singletons
Personal experience often trumps scientific facts: We expect the oldest to be responsible, the middle child to rebel. New proof shows that birth order isn’t as influential as we think in determining adult personality or intelligence. Are you confusing birth order expectations with age difference?

The Twice-Exceptional Adult

Although the word “gifted” has been used to describe children of higher levels of intelligence for decades, the term twice-exceptional, often abbreviated as "2e", has only recently entered the lexicon of educators, mental health professionals and others referring to intellectually gifted children. AND NOW this term is being applied to adults, too.

The Art (and Science) of “Aping”

Human beings are smart. But, according to Joseph Henrich, the impact of the innate intelligence of individuals may be over-rated. Quite often, for example, European explorers who got lost did not survive. The takeaway, Henrich suggests, in an immensely ambitious new book, is that our species' uniqueness lies less in the power of individual minds than in collective brains.

Who's In Charge, Computers or Humans?

Are we so anxious to surrender our authority, to not have to think, not be in charge, that we will follow any computer that tells us what to do—even when we know better?

Do Video Games Measure IQ?

Games like Big Brain Academy on the Wii are marketed to us as brain training tools to help us get sharper and have a good time doing it. We never really consider another option: That perhaps these games are actually measuring our IQ.

How Can Smart People Sometimes Be So Stupid?

If ignorance is bliss, we must be living on Planet Euphoria.

What I'm Reading Now

One of the main reasons I read outside my own narrow areas of individual expertise is to see whether I can reach over the intellectual fences demarcating professional fields and harvest something useful.

Gifted Career Thriving: Personality Traits

What if your already identified gifts of outstanding intelligence and/or creativity could be combined with powerful and positive personality traits that would allow you to soar?

An Optimistic Study of Learning in Older Brains

By Garth Sundem on November 04, 2015 Brain Trust
A Columbia University study shows that the learning of healthy older brains may depend more on motivation than ability.

What Neuroscientists Now Know About Your Intelligence

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 04, 2015 How To Do Life
An Interview with Dr. Richard Haier, president-elect of the International Society for Intelligence Research.

At Home Or At School, If It’s Garbage In, It’s Garbage Out

Are Americans wasteful compared to other people? Can smartphones make us more aware of our environmental impact and help educate us about science in general? The research may surprise you.

One Simple Way You Can Become a Human Lie Detector

Researchers have identified that observing whether or not someone is "thinking too hard" is the single most reliable cue for detecting a liar.

Recent Science Supporting "Why We Dance"

Today I begin a new series of posts dedicated to sharing recently published scientific experiments that support the philosophy of bodily becoming I develop in my book "Why We Dance."

Man Up and Take Responsibility

Lucky people usually turn out to be those that are vigilant and proactive; pay attention and this can be you.

How to Be a Genius

Yitang Zhang recently solved a math problem that mathematicians had been working on for more than one hundred and fifty years. His secret: concentration. Unfortunately, concentration doesn't happen by chance. Here are five data-driven ways to enhance your ability to concentrate...

Intellectual Disability and Higher Education

What changes are necessary so that students with labels of intellectual disabilities could have a place on campuses as students and community members, in integrated spaces, where labels of disability do not disqualify them from participation in the classroom, residing in the dorm, or graduating with a degree?

Do Dog Barks Signal Emotional Information to Humans?

Dog barks signal a dog's emotional state and data suggests that even without training humans can read this information.

Renaming Type I and Type II Error

For decades, statistics students have learned about Type-I and Type-II Error in hypothesis testing. And they often get these terms confused. Let’s rename these arbitrary labels so that they make more sense!

How Many Atheists Are There?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on October 20, 2015 The Secular Life
There are hundreds of millions of non-believers, worldwide.

The Age of Artificial Consciousness

With the increasing momentum in technological advances, it seems we have reached a turning point in our ability to create advanced artificial intelligence systems. Some would argue that soon we will have a form of human-like consciousness in robots. But is that really the case?

Cultural Intelligence: What's Yours?

Want to have more fun on your next trip? Then apply your cultural intelligence.

What Can We Learn from Ben Carson's Brain?

By Guy P. Harrison on October 15, 2015 About Thinking
It takes more than a high IQ and an impressive education to be a good critical thinker.

How Do Academic Prodigies Spend Their Time?

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes a decade of intense practice – roughly 10,000 hours – to achieve mastery in any field. So, how does this apply to gifted students? Do gifted students from different countries actually invest their time differently in accruing those 10,000 hours needed to become masters of their field?

Can Dogs Learn by Watching Television?

With the advent of Dog TV should we consider the possibility of "educational video programs" aimed directly at teaching dogs to respond to basic obedience commands?

Facebook and the ‘Fear of Missing Out’ (FoMO)

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on October 14, 2015 In One Lifespan
The psychological impact of Facebook use, and FoMO, is slowly revealing itself. Our study is the first to use Interactive Management to explore the interdependencies between negative consequences of FoMO identified as significant by Facebook users.

Here's How to Finally Love Math With Your Child

By Garth Sundem on October 13, 2015 Brain Trust
How do the words, "The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another" make you feel? A study in the journal Science shows that if you can create the same feeling with your child about math, his or her skills will blossom.