Intelligence Essential Reads

Four Attractive Stereotypes You Shouldn't Try to Conform To

By Mairi Macleod Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Sexy Science
If you act dumb to appeal to men, or you flash your cash to pull women, then don't be surprised if you attract the wrong types.

The Most Inspiring Book I've Read

Want to be blown away by a tale you should already know but likely don't, about brilliant characters who should be as famous as Einstein, but aren't well-known? Read this book.

The Psychology of Scientific Advancement

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Michio Kaku

3 New Findings On Human Intelligence

The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.

Voting With Our Eyes: Attractive Candidates Get More Votes

Less informed voters tend to vote with their eyes instead of their minds. Yet when it comes to casting an intelligent vote, knowledge is power. Information overrides appearance.

Parents Affect Their Children’s View of Intelligence

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
It is not surprising that parents influence their children's beliefs about intelligence. How they do it is surprising.

Why Does Brain Training Make You Smarter?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in Curious?
Lumosity, a brain game app, recently paid 2 million dollars to settle charges of deceptive advertising. People want to be smarter. But what do we know about brain games?

Summer Sleep and School Achievement

Keeping a regular sleep schedule in summer may be beneficial when school starts.

The Lure of Beauty

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Critical Feeling
That beauty attracts is well known – from people to mathematical proofs. Do we always have to circumvent the lure of beauty?

Is Noise the Key to Artificial General Intelligence?

By Andrew Smart on June 09, 2016 in Machine Psychology
Converging evidence indicates noise plays a fundamental role in the brain.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Gifted Intensity

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on June 04, 2016 in Creative Synthesis
For many gifted and creative children, emotional intensity is not only normal but crucial to their personal growth.

3 Ways Emotional Intelligence Can Save Your Relationship

Being angry may keep you feeling safe and strong, but sadness can save you.

To Spark Genius, Read Outside Your Comfort Zone

Reading works very different from what you're writing and has multiple benefits for your brain. Here are six that will pay off immediately.

How to enjoy life (more)

Lessons I learned as a spy for U.S. Intelligence

Spatial Talent Could Help Fill “Middle Skill" Jobs

Employers complain that electricians, pipe fitters, advanced manufacturing machinists, brick masons and radiology technicians are scarce. Spatial talent could help fill these jobs.

When Intelligence Flourishes, the Questions Get Tougher

Human and machine intelligence are flourishing. Is our wisdom keeping pace?

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 4

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on May 05, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Societal problems cannot be solved in the same sense as arithmetic problems are solved.
Lucelia Ribeiro via Creative Commons

Do Exceptionally Advanced Kids Do Better in Private Schools?

Start with the local public school, and see if you can make that work. If your child doesn’t thrive there—and can’t be helped to do so—then it’s time to investigate other options.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 1

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on May 02, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Indeed, if Spinoza was right, we may need to understand teams in order to be free.

3 Unexpected Things Women Find Attractive in Men

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on April 25, 2016 in Head Games
For women, attraction is hardly about good looks and money.

Do Scientific Fields Differ in Their Influence?

Whether we like it or not, there is definitely a hierarchy of influence among the social sciences.
W. R. Klemm

Organize for Better Thinking and Memory

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 16, 2016 in Memory Medic
Confused? Organize your thinking by organizing your information.

Human Information Gathering: How Can We Proceed?

The behavioural and brain sciences can transform forensic, policing, judicial, and intelligence practices, and enhance operational effectiveness ethically.

Child Prodigies and Autism Spectrum Disorder

What if prodigy and genius are redefined as developmental disabilities requiring treatment—rather than as unusual gifts to be nurtured?

ADHD, Creativity, and the Concept of Group Intelligence

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on March 25, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
In an experiment, groups containing a person with ADHD symptoms showed more off-task behavior, but were much better at solving problems than groups with no such person.

How “Tracking” Can Actually Help Disadvantaged Students

A new Brookings Brown Center education report shows that "tracking" can actually be used as a tool for greater fairness in helping disadvantaged students.

We Thought You’d Never Ask: Autism and Self-Advocacy

Assumptions of mental retardation limit opportunities for autistic people to express their intelligence.

A Creativity Prosthetic for the Mind

By Drew Boyd on March 19, 2016 in Inside the Box
Regardless of where you are on the creativity scale, using cognitive patterns can boost your problem solving output.

Secrets: Saviors or Demons?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on March 14, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
Do you often wonder when to keep a secret and when to divulge? Sometimes it takes a certain amount of discernment. Writing about family secrets can be a healing way to cope.

AI We There Yet?

Tasks in which AI systems excel—board games, erudition quizzes, image classification—do not loom large in human behavior. Real AI will need some real behavior and brain science.