Intelligence Essential Reads

Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

The Evaluator

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 How To Do Life
A short story about a genius.

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.

Facilitating Collective Intelligence

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 In One Lifespan
Successful collaboration requires careful design of learning environments for group interaction and provision of good facilitation to promote meaning-making and problem solving.

Fables and Facts in Educational Neuroscience

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Memory Medic
Numerous critics have pointed out that neuroscience has not had much impact on education, and worse yet has spawned a series of harmful myths.

Con Artists and Their Marks

In The Confidence Game, Maria Konnikova shows how con artists exploit our tendency to overestimate our intelligence and judgment, and examines the psychology of her victims.

Gifted When Young, Healthy When Older?

Although it’s true being intellectually gifted can come with certain challenges, there are also many benefits associated with higher intelligence, including midlife health.

What It Takes to Be a Bomber Pilot

Of course, it takes a myriad of skills to be a good bomber pilot. Some of these skills can be measured by perceptual tests.

Moral Intelligence 101

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 11, 2015 Ambigamy
Moral dilemmas are much more fundamental than moral principles.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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?

To Be More Creative try Being a Little Silly

Everyone can be a little silly at times, and depending on the circumstances, you might be more creative as a result. “Clever silly” ones can bring tremendous payoff, as long as you know how to express them.

Four Fun Facts About Your Peripheral Nervous System

Neurons outside your brain have lots of nerve!

The Future of Standardized Testing?

In science fiction novel Ender’s Game, the talent and personality of each battle school student is adaptively assessed by the Mind Game, tailored to their interests and individuality. The game was used, in part, to select Ender Wiggin as the young commander who would save the world. What can this teach us about the future of testing?

Say Your Dog's Name and He May Form an Image of Your Face

Recent research suggests that dogs can recognize human voices and have an expectation, or mental image, of which faces go with which voice.

Could Donald Trump Make Us More Informed?

Donald Trump, the stock market, and being irrational. Behavioral economics tells us that having "The Donald" in the race could actually make us more informed.

What Does It Take to Succeed in Life?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 Media Spotlight
A new paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology describes one of the most comprehensive studies to date looking at the effects of family background, personality, and intelligence on later success. By studying 81,000 participants over an eleven-year period, researchers found that the American Dream is still alive and well. More or less.

Careers and Giftedness: Where Will You Thrive?

Managing your career is as important as choosing the right career. And thriving in your career begins with honest self-analysis.

Exploring the Good Kind of Disobedience

Intelligent Disobedience. I recommend this book to all of us interested in the implications of the Hoffman Report, and to everyone not in psychology but interested in human courage in the face of collective evil.

Cognitive Signatures of Creativity and Genius

By Kaja Perina on August 14, 2015 Brainstorm
Dr. Albert Rothenberg articulates cognitive processes that undergird breakthrough discoveries and the most inventive minds.

Why We Think We're So Much Smarter Than We Really Are

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

Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us Stupid?

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?

Career Advice for Geniuses

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 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.