In High intelligence: A risk factor for psychological and physiological overexcitabilities, a group of academic and industry neuroscientists survey a self-selected group of 3,715 MENSA members about their mental health history and find a correlation between high IQ and clinical anxiety and depression disorders, an effect they attribute to "overexitabilities" -- "the same heightened awareness that inspires an intellectually gifted artist to create can also potentially drive that same individual to withdraw into a deep depression."
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I asked my friend Rick Rosner for some IQ boosting tips, and wrote about it for Credit.com.
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The answer is yes — but only in certain circumstances and that "yes" comes with a whole bunch of caveats. At Discover, Emily Sohn has a nice basic primer on what we know now about intelligence testing
and what your score on an IQ test does and doesn't mean. Read the rest
A bunch of sites are reporting
that the "study" that claimed to correlate IQ with browser choice was a hoax. The funny thing is, the hoaxy part everyone's up in arms about is that the correlation was faked. But surely's the most damning element of this "study" is that it used IQ
as a meaningful proxy for "intelligence." If someone came up with a study that correlated star-signs, biorhythms, Meyers-Briggs types, or auras with browser choice, and then it was revealed that the data was fudged, would the fudging really be the most damning fact about the study's validity? Read the rest