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What Factors Besides Intelligence Predict Success?

Predicting success isn’t as straightforward as University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth thought. Duckworth has done pioneering work in the area of grit; a characteristic often described as putting passion and perseverance toward important long-term personal goals. In a prospective longitudinal study of more than 11,000 West Point cadets, the research team discovered that both […]

Brain Networks More Stable In Individuals With Higher Cognitive Abilities

The brains of more intelligent individuals are characterized by temporally more stable interactions in neural networks, a recent study finds[1]. Various theories have been proposed to explain the differences in individuals’ cognitive abilities, including neurobiological models. For instance, it has been proposed that more intelligent individuals make stronger use of certain brain areas, that their […]

A Network Neuroscience Theory of Intelligence

The brain’s dynamic properties – how it is wired but also how that wiring shifts in response to changing intellectual demands – are the best predictors of intelligence in the human brain, a new cognitive science theory posits. Centuries of study have yielded many theories about how the brain gives rise to human intelligence. Some […]