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 in society.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of misunderstandings about the IQ test-- what they measure, what they predict, how they should be used -- which get repeated over and over again in these discussions.
For his radio show Science Fantastic, physicist Michio Kaku interviewed me about these issues, and I had the opportunity to dispel some common myths.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Scott Barry Kaufman
Scott Barry Kaufman is scientific director of the Imagination Institute and a researcher and lecturer in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on the measurement and development of imagination, creativity, and play, and teaches the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology. Kaufman is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and co-author of the book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire).