Category Archives: BEYOND IQ

Does Following LEGO Instructions Make Kids Less Creative?

Research shows that building a LEGO kit with instructions makes people less creative on subsequent tasks. Continue reading

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The Science of Why I Largely Disregard Parenting Science

I was at the park the other day throwing pinecones at my kids when a horrified mother asked, “How can you hit your kids with pinecones!” I said it was pretty easy: you just don’t lead them as much. First, … Continue reading

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What Calvin’s Dad Knows About Explaining Science to Kids

Gary Larson tapped into the universal absurd. Charles Schulz helped us identify with the underdog in us all. And Bill Watterson accurately represented a father’s profound and boundless knowledge of the universe, as in Calvin’s dad’s explanation that ice floats … Continue reading

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New Kind of Reward Leads to Intrinsic Motivation (Or “How to Trick a Child Into Playing the Violin”)

I would like for my son, Leif, to play the violin. I’m a serious ex music geek and so in addition to pegging me as an abhorrent tiger parent intent on thrusting my offspring into the one-percent where they can … Continue reading

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Personality and Brain Structure Work Together to Grow Creativity

What does creative thought look like in the brain? With the willing brains of creative people and tools like fMRI that can look inside these brains in real-time, you’d think it would an easy question to answer. The problem is, … Continue reading

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Study: Music Prodigies Beat Math Prodigies at Numbers and Art Prodigies are Awful at Shapes

At age six, Mozart performed at the court of the Prince-elect Maximilian II of Bavaria. At age eight, Joy Foster represented Jamaica in table tennis at the Caribbean championships in Trinidad. What do the brains of these two child prodigies … Continue reading

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Study Shows the Difference Between Shyness and Social Anxiety in Children

Some shy babies become shy, happy children. Others become withdrawn and socially anxious. A study just published in the journal Infant and Child Development tested babies and looked inside the brains of 7-year-olds to discover the difference: it turns out … Continue reading

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Intuition, Emotion-Based Learning & the Iowa Gambling Task

How much certainty do you have in your life? Are you certain there’s enough milk in the refrigerator to last through tomorrow morning? Do you think you can drive 20mph over the speed limit without getting a ticket? What are … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Narcissism: What Makes a Good Leader?

Narcissists make seductive leaders: they love themselves and so of course you should love them, too. But despite narcissists’ magnetism and outward-facing confidence that frequently land them in positions of power, we all know that narcissists make bad leaders…right? And, … Continue reading

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