The most important graph in educational psychology

The most important graph in educational psychology is buried in an appendix of an article, but it explains so much about how individual differences have important consequences in adulthood. The graph comes from an article by Jonathan Wai and his colleagues (2009, p. 834) and is shown below. The graph is based on data from

Comparing the 1975 and 1996 APA statements on intelligence

One of the most highly cited articles in intelligence research is a 1996 report commissioned by the American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs to provide an authoritative statement on the science of intelligence (Neisser et al., 1996). What many people do not know, though, is that this was not the first time APA’s Board

Thoughts on low national IQs, intellectual disability, and data quality

A recent now-retracted paper in Psychological Science by Clark et al. (2020) caused some controversy lately in the psychological community. The authors found some correlations with other national-level data that could be theoretically important. Among the reasons that people criticized the article was the authors’ use of estimated average national IQ scores (Becker, 2019). For

Teachers say the darndest things (about intelligence)

It’s time for a thought experiment! Imagine what would happen if most people working in engineering did not have a correct understanding of the basic principles of physics. Alternatively, ponder what would happen if a majority of physicians had incorrect ideas about biology and the causes of disease. Of course, the result would be disastrous.

Forty years squandered by IQ environmentalists

The latest book that I have finished reading is James Flynn’s (1980) Race, IQ and Jensen. This is the earliest work by Flynn that I have ever read, and I can see in it seeds of his later thought. The heart of the book is a careful examination of the evidence regarding the hereditarian hypothesis

Start teaching about intelligence!

Last week, I had a new article published by the American Psychological Association in Teaching of Psychology (Burton & Warne, in press). The article has two parts: an analysis of course catalogs, and an outline for a university-level intelligence course. Course Catalog Analysis My then-student, Jared Z. Burton, identified 303 of the top universities in

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. There are two

The one variable that makes growth mindset interventions work

Do you believe that how hard you work to learn something is more important than how smart you are? Do you think that intelligence is not set in stone, but that you can make yourself much smarter? If so, congratulations! You have a growth mindset. Proposed by Stanford psychologist Carol S. Dweck, mindset theory states