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… Read more

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 undertaken to quantify the brain’s… Read more

An assistant professor of psychology, Joanne Ruthsatz at Ohio State University, is one of the first researchers to have shown a link between prodigy and autism. Ruthsatz and her co-author explain in a new book how what she has learned about child prodigies may help us not only understand autism, but could point the way… Read more

A healthy brain is critical to a person’s cognitive abilities, but measuring brain health can be a complicated endeavor. A new study by University of Illinois researchers reports that healthy brain metabolism corresponds with fluid intelligence — a measure of one’s ability to solve unusual or complex problems — in young adults. Said U. of… Read more

Everyone has a different mixture of personality traits: some are outgoing, some are tough and some are anxious. A new study suggests that brains also have different traits that affect both anatomical and cognitive factors, such as intelligence and memory. Explains study leader Aron K. Barbey, University of Illinois neuroscience professor and Beckman Institute for… Read more