Intelligence Essential Reads

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.
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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 Not-So-Obvious 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.

Harbaugh's Coaching Genius Strikes Again

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on March 06, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
Jim Harbaugh is thinking outside of the box, while the rest of college football is just realizing there is a box.

How to Be Wiser Than Most People

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
It's fine to be smart, but to be wise, you need to know how to apply knowledge and insight to interactions with people. Biases and fallacies often get in the way of wise actions.

Piaget’s Missing Cognitive Stage

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on February 25, 2016 in iAge
Why did Jean Piaget stop at 11 years when he was developing his theory of cognitive development. Did ageism determine that he saw aging as simply a decline?

How to Get People to Change Their Minds

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on February 25, 2016 in Good Thinking
Cornell researchers turned to social media to find out how people persuade others to change their minds. What they found was surprising.

What Is Expertise?

Many definitions of expertise have been proposed, but most have shortcomings. A comparative definition based on objective measures seems the best.

Understanding the Nature of Dog Intelligence

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on February 16, 2016 in Canine Corner
Just as in humans, there is a general intelligence factor in dogs. Performance in one type of cognitive skill test predicts performance in many others.

Are Two Heads Better Than One?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 14, 2016 in Talking Apes
Under the right conditions, the collective intelligence of a group can exceed the intelligence of its members.

How Smart Is that Doggie at My Table? A Measurable Fido IQ

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Animal Emotions
An exciting new study has discovered a generalized intelligence factor for dogs. The researchers found that dogs who did well on one test tended to be better on other tests.

How Psychologically Well Adjusted Are Gifted People?

From young to old, gifted individuals are psychologically well adjusted.

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 in How To Do Life
A short story about a genius.

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

By Christopher Bergland on January 26, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
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 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.