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How The Internet Tricks You Into Thinking You Are Smarter

We're dependent on the Internet for the answers, and confused about what we know

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Stupid?

With intelligent machines to do the thinking, will our brains get lazy?

Career Advice for Geniuses

Career advice for brilliant people is often different from standard counsel.

Personal Intelligence: Are You Using Yours?

Do you have an untapped talent? Do you delude yourself?

Recent Posts on Intelligence

Here's How You Can Become An Expert

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on August 03, 2015 in Memory Medic
Is there a shortcut to becoming an expert?

How The Internet Tricks You Into Thinking You Are Smarter

By Susan Greenfield Ph.D. on August 02, 2015 in Mind Change
Searching the Internet for information creates an illusion of knowledge, in which we think we are smarter than we really are.

Teaching Through Insights

What would it look like to view teaching as a process of creating insights? Here are 6 ideas: diagnosing why students are confused, helping students unlearn mistaken beliefs, encouraging students to pursue their own feedback, anticipating knowledge shields and breaking through them, working through the three pathways to insight, and promoting an insight stance.

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Stupid?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in The Human Beast
Changing technology stimulates the brain and increases intelligence. But that may only be true if the technology challenges us. In a world run by intelligent machines, our lives could get a lot simpler. Would that make us less intelligent?

Resolving the “Conscientiousness Paradox”

Conscientious individuals generally have good outcomes, but countries with high national levels of conscientiousness generally have poorer levels of human development. What does this apparent "conscientiousness paradox" mean?

5 Steps To Choosing Torture: Psychologists Breaking Bad

If you think the leaders in the American Psychological Association would interpret "Do no harm" broadly enough to mean: "Do not torture people," you are wrong.

Career Advice for Geniuses

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in How To Do Life
Career advice for brilliant people is often different from standard counsel.

Personal Intelligence: Are You Using Yours?

You've heard a lot about emotional intelligence. Now there's a new kid on the block.

When Your Child's Anger Triggers You

When tempers are fraying at your house, who has the power to calm the storm? You. But you can't do that if you're in a state of emergency. Unfortunately, many of us forget that parenting is rarely an emergency. When our child gets defiant, we feel an urgent need to take action. So we rush in, sirens blaring, and instead of a minor squall, we create a tsunami.

Imaging: Sparks of Genius Challenge #3

“Close your eyes,” Dennis the Menace once said to a friend. “If you see anything, you’re thinking.” What's more, if you “hear,” “smell,” “taste,” or “feel” anything in the absence of direct sensory stimulation, that's thinking, too. Alongside words, we cogitate by means of a primary “language” of sensory impressions experienced within the mind. In short, we image.

Career Development for the Gifted

The broad range of talents and interests found in gifted individuals makes the career decision-making process complex.

The Adaptive Functions of Music Listening

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on July 16, 2015 in In One Lifespan
Music is one of the most profound of all human creations. Music can transform our ongoing psychological state in an instant, and can also enhance psychological functioning across the lifespan. However, less is known about the full range of adaptive functions of music listening and how these adaptive functions promote well-being and enhance quality of life.

By Neglecting Spatial People, What Innovations Have We Lost?

Peter Thiel famously said of the future: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” As innovative as Twitter might be, it pales in comparison to engineering feats that could truly transform our future. And by neglecting spatially talented people, we may have already lost so many incredible inventions.

This Simple Trick Will Transform How You Solve Problems

By Garth Sundem on July 14, 2015 in Brain Candy
What's in a name? Understanding that by another name a rose would still smell as sweet can help you leap past one of the most common problem-solving roadblocks.

The Color Kittens: Best Children's Book Ever

The Color Kittens, perhaps more than Timothy Leary and The Beatles, may be responsible for generations of youth saying "It's the colors, man" while looking at psychedelic visions. The Color Kittens continues to capture my heart and my imagination because there is something about the sheer messiness of discovery and creativity that Hush and Brush that's perfect in its chaos

F%$& Shame, TEDx and Mental Health

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on July 13, 2015 in All About Addiction
Many of us don't give the proper weight to the use of mental health labels. As this talk shows, diagnostic labels can actually impact the way in which labeled individuals perform. If nothing else, this fact should make us more wary of using these labels as everyday placeholders to describe those around us. We may just be sentencing them to meeting our low expectations.

Why Some People Would Prefer a Robot to a Human Boss

By Ray Williams on July 13, 2015 in Wired for Success
What if your boss was a robot? One with advanced artificial intelligence and human-like physical features, capable of assessing your emotions? And would more robots mean removing the need for human managers? Another science fiction fantasy? Not so, claim some scientists. And what about the moral and ethical questions raised by the use of robots?

Literacy = Learning, Unlearning, Relearning

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 13, 2015 in Jacob's Staff
What is required for survival in the 21st Century? How can we re-direct our neural programming to adapt to the dynamic changes in the world? What are effective ways to condition your mind to take advantage of new opportunities? How can we benefit from the real power of knowledge?

Creativity and Intelligence Leading to Psychosis and Autism

By Sandeep Gautam on July 12, 2015 in The Fundamental Four
Creativity and intelligence, though related, are opposites on a continuum. The same type of dichotomy exists between psychosis and autism and the underlying processes are surmised to be similar.

The Sep-Con Articulation Process in Creativity

The sep-con articulation process was discovered in extensive empirical investigations with outstanding literary prizewinners and Nobel laureates in the sciences. It consists of constructing or conceiving connection and functional separation concomitantly.The wide use in creativity, examples, and application do's and don'ts are specified.

Advanced Placement Classes Under the Microscope

By APA Division 15 on July 07, 2015 in PsychEd
Last spring, over 4 million high school students took more than 2 million Advanced Placement (AP) tests. According to the College Board, students in AP courses learn more material, are more prepared for college, and finish a bachelor’s degree earlier than non-AP students. But, what is the real impact of AP programs?

You’ve Reached The Top! Now What?

Why do so many ambitious and talented executives and entrepreneurs plateau, burn out, and at times regress once they “reach the top” of whatever ladder, mountain or organizational structure they’ve been climbing?

Evil Geniuses Need Not Apply

Novel research demonstrates that being a team player can not only be nice, it can also be smart.

12 Signs That Your Partner Lacks Emotional Intelligence

Emotionally intelligent/competent people (high-EQ) make better relationship partners. Here are some signs that someone lacks emotional intelligence.

Happiness With Life 10: Practice Curiosity

Contrary to popular wisdom, curiosity enriches the cat, not kills it. Learn the benefits to your happiness in being curious and the five strategies to incorporate it into your daily routine.

Can Evolution Explain All Human Behavior?

Evolutionary explanations of human behavior abound and they call on what we know about evolution. However, proving the validity of these explanations is another story. Why is that?

Regional Differences in Personality: Surprising Findings

Individual personality traits and the geographic region where one lives are correlated with important social outcomes. Research has found that personality traits are also geographically clustered in ways correlated with these same outcomes. Some of the results are surprising as the individual level and societal level correlates of personality can differ strikingly.

Inside Out—A Major Emotional IQ Picture

The voices in our heads are real—and these distinct personalities can learn to get along.

Stories of Seclusion: A Driven Scientist Suddenly Stops

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
A brilliant dropout succeeds, makes a million, and throws it away—literally.

Why I’m Recommending a Kids Movie to Adults

By Erin Olivo Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Wise Mind Living
Want to improve your emotional intelligence? Go see Inside Out.