Terman’s non-geniuses: Shockley and Alvarez

Over the years, I’ve become a scholar of Lewis Terman’s Genetic Studies of Genius, which was a study that followed the lives of 1,528 high-IQ children from 1921 to 1999. It’s a landmark study in the history of psychology and was groundbreaking in the fields of methodology, gifted education, intelligence research, and developmental psychology (Warne,


The latest book that I’ve finished is A History of American Gifted Education (Jolly, 2018), a lively tome that should be required reading for any graduate student or scholar in the field. Jennifer is a colleague, and we are guest co-editors on a special issue for a journal, and I am one of her associate

Leta Hollingworth was a eugenicist, too

Leta Hollingworth is one of the pioneers of gifted education. She was the first to create a research-based special curriculum for gifted children, and she was much more interested in the social and emotional development of gifted children than anyone else in the field at the time. Although neglected after her death, Hollingworth’s reputation made

35 mitos sobre la inteligencia humana

English version of this post – Versión en inglés de esta entrada En el 30 de noviembre de 2019, mandé el texto final de mi próximo libro In the Know: Debunking 35 Myths About Human Intelligence (con el título en español de Estar al tanto: Desmintiendo 35 mitos sobre la inteligencia humana) a la editorial.

Does the Ivy League’s prestige encourage bad ideas to flourish?

The announcement of the content of my upcoming book, In the Know: Debunking 35 Myths About Human Intelligence has been very well received. I’ve aimed the book towards the interested layman, and I have had several emails and social media messages from non-psychologists stating that they were looking forward to the book. [Update: The book

35 Myths About Human Intelligence

Versión en español de esta entrada – Spanish version of this post Earlier today I submitted the final text for my upcoming book In the Know: Debunking 35 Myths About Human Intelligence. It feels good to have it in the hands of my publisher. There is still some work to do, but most of it

Combining cut scores for gifted identification: No impact on diversity

I already blogged about an important paper which showed that averaging scores on tests is the most accurate method of identifying children for gifted programs (McBee, Peters, & Waterman, 2014). A paper by my colleague, Joni M. Lakin, built on this earlier research and was named the Paper of the Year in Gifted Child Quarterly