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

Genes and socioeconomic status: New findings and old wisdom

At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “For ye have the poor with you always . . .” (Mark 14:7, King James Version). New research in behavioral genetics has proven Jesus correct. Two new articles on the genetics of socioeconomic status (SES) shows that a partial reason why some people are rich and others are poor

35 Myths About Human Intelligence

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 is work that my publisher has to do–not me. The book has

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

Garett Jones’s HIVE MIND: Lots of buzz, not much sting

I finally found time this month to read Hive Mind: How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own, by Garett Jones. I’ve heard a lot of about the book since it was published in 2016, and I think it is worth readers’ time, though not without major problems. What Hive Mind Gets

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