Category Archives: Intelligence

Study Shows We “Undervalue and Underutilize” Persistence in Creativity

“This research demonstrates that persistence is a critical determinant of creative performance and that people may undervalue and underutilize persistence in everyday creative problem solving,” write Northwestern researchers. Continue reading

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The Science of Developing ‘Math Identity’

Recent study shows that more than being good at math, developing ‘math identity’ is about choosing to engage in math and having this engagement recognized. Continue reading

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This One Quick Trick Will Transform Your Problem Solving

Let Juliet, MacGyver and Captain Sideways teach you how to break “functional fixedness” on the way to problem solving. Continue reading

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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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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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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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Study: Teach Planning Skills for Math and Reading Success

It’s no great revelation that poverty is a vicious cycle: children from low-income families are likely to under-perform in school, leading to low-paying jobs as adults and the cycle continues. This school under-achievement in particular shows up early — even … Continue reading

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Study: Quality and Not Quantity of Parents’ Words Teach Vocabulary

The number of words a child knows when he or she enters kindergarten is an astoundingly good predictor of how well they’ll do in school and even how they will much later do in the workplace. So how do you … Continue reading

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Study in Intelligence: Downloadable Game Tests Complex Problem Solving

My editor’s gonna kill me: we just finalized the manuscript of my new book, BEYOND IQ, in which I interviewed top intelligence researchers about how to train skills like wisdom and willpower and problem solving that matter in the real … Continue reading

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