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What Do IQ Tests Test?: Interview with Psychologist W. Joel Schneider

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W. Joel Schneider is a psychologist at Illinois State University, dividing his time equally between the Clinical-Counseling program and the Quantitative Psychology program. He also runs the College Learning Assessment Service in which students and adults from the community can learn about their cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses. His primary research interests lie in evaluating psychological evaluations. He is [...]

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Mind Wandering: A New Personal Intelligence Perspective

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Once accused of being absent-minded, the founder of American Psychology, William James, quipped that he was really just present-minded to his own thoughts. Most recent studies depict mind wandering as a costly cognitive failure with relatively few benefits (Mooneyham and Schooler, 2013). This perspective makes sense when mind wandering is observed by a third party [...]

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IQ Test Controversies Persist

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What do IQ tests measure? Can intelligence be improved? How should we select students for gifted and talented programs? How well do IQ tests predict success in life? How important are characteristics such as self-regulation and ambition? What about deliberate practice? What is the neuroscience of intelligence? These are some of the most hot button issues facing us today [...]

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In Defense of Intelligent Testing

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I recently published a book called Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. With a title like that, you’d think the book is one big anti-IQ, anti-testing manifesto. It isn’t. While the IQ test certainly has a less than pretty history of abuse and misuse, we can learn a lot about a child’s educational needs through the responsible use of intelligent testing. A [...]

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