intelligence

Whether you live to collect your old-age pension depends in part on your IQ at age 11. You just can’t keep a good predictor down.
Scores on psychometric intelligence tests (IQ for short) are unrivalled as predictors of job performance (Schmidt & Hunter, 1998). IQ is...

To truly understand our discipline, we need to appreciate how it has developed historically. In the story I am about to tell, we see how it has emerged from our religious past.

If membership of mainstream Christian churches in the UK continues to decline at its current...

Professor James R. Flynn has played a central role in documenting massive IQ gains from one generation to another, a phenomenon now called the ‘Flynn effect’. We caught up with him after he delivered a seminar ‘Has intelligence been rising’, sponsored by the Psychometrics...

In the August issue “Letters”, Richard Lynn challenges Jim Flynn's comment that the “Flynn effect” – of substantial increases in scores on intelligence tests observed in many countries during the 20th century – is plausibly explained by “better education and smaller families...

What do Bertie Wooster, Alan Johnston MP and Lord Robert Winston have in common? They all believe that fish oil is good for the brain. In fact, many people share the view that diet both causes the behavioural problems of children and is a means of solving them. When asked...

Giftedness or genius in children and adolescents is an intriguing phenomenon seeking scientific explanation. What makes a child stand out from their peers as talented? What pushes their performance into the uppermost part of the normal ‘bell curve’ distribution of different...

On 20 May 1921 excited crowds milled around Boston’s railway station hoping to catch a glimpse of Albert Einstein, who was making his first visit to America’s most famously learned city. After an impromptu tour, the physicist was whisked off to breakfast with the city’s mayor...

In psychology and among the lay public alike, high scores on intelligence tests are considered a mark of good thinking. This is not unreasonable. It is now over 100 years since Spearman first reported a single general intelligence factor, known as g or ‘the positive manifold...