General Intelligence Predicts Musical Skill Acquisition

Intelligence could play a role in learning music, according to a Michigan State University study that investigated the early stages of learning to play the piano[1]. The study may be the first to examine the relationship between intelligence, music aptitude, and growth mindset in beginner pianists. A growth mindset refers…Continue readingGeneral Intelligence Predicts Musical Skill Acquisition

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…Continue readingWhat Factors Besides Intelligence Predict Success?

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…Continue readingBrain Networks More Stable In Individuals With Higher Cognitive Abilities

Human Intelligence: What Single Neurons Can Tell Us

You probably remember being at school as a child and learning how to do arithmetic, to read and comprehend stories, and to solve puzzles. These tasks may appear simple to you now, but they are actually quite demanding because they require a high level of brain processing power. For decades,…Continue readingHuman Intelligence: What Single Neurons Can Tell Us

Even If Genes Affect Intelligence, We Can’t Engineer Cleverness

First, let me tell you how smart I am. So smart. My fifth-grade teacher said I was gifted in mathematics and, looking back, I have to admit that she was right. I’ve properly grasped the character of metaphysics as trope nominalism, and I can tell you that time exists, but…Continue readingEven If Genes Affect Intelligence, We Can’t Engineer Cleverness

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…Continue readingA Network Neuroscience Theory of Intelligence

High Brain Network Variability Linked To IQ And Creativity

The more variable a brain is, and the more its different parts frequently connect with each other, the higher a person’s IQ and creativity are, a new study has found. Led by Professor Jianfeng Feng in the Department of Computer Science, studies at Warwick and in China have been recently…Continue readingHigh Brain Network Variability Linked To IQ And Creativity