News Stories relating to "intelligence"
Friday, December 19, 2014
Plants are generally considered to be more basic forms of life than animals. They cannot speak, or walk; they do not have powers of reasoning or conscious thought.
Or do they?
Scientists are now coming around to the idea that plants are sentient living beings, with a sophisticated awareness of their surroundings. Not only...
Friday, December 5, 2014
You have something personal to discuss with a friend. You arrange to meet for a coffee and a chat in a public restaurant. It's noisy, and you have a good heart to heart in the belief that nobody else can hear what you're saying. Or you leave a message on an answer phone or via a phone app and think that it's just between yourself and the recipient...
Friday, March 21, 2014
Daydreamers have historically been regarded as disconnected, apathetic, lazy individuals with a lack of focus.
Some studies, including a 2010 study conducted at Harvard, state that "a wandering mind is an unhappy mind, and have concluded that daydreamers are unhappy souls who must retreat into the safety of their minds to avoid the...
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The near-death experience reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan.
Previously, it was not believed that the brain could be active after death, but now it appears that there is a burst of superconsicous activity for about 30 seconds AFTER its blood...
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Americans tend to think that our IQ is a combination of the genes we were born with and the way we were educated, but the Chinese think that at least half of the variation in intelligence quotient, or IQ, is inherited. The average person's IQ is 100. The average Nobel laureate's...
Friday, February 1, 2013
We don't know about football players
, but English Premier League soccer players, NHL hockey players, France's Top 14 club rugby players, and even elite amateur athletes have better developed cognitive functions than the average university student.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Is the human race getting dumber? geneticist Gerald Crabtree thinks that human intelligence peaked
several thousand years ago and from then on, has been on a slow decline.
His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99% of human evolutionary history, we lived as...
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Social factors can have a powerful effect on our intelligence. Most of us feel intelligent and amusing when talking to a particular person and feel dumb and inarticulate when talking to someone else.
In the October 7th edition of the New York Times, Annie Murphy Paul quotes psychologist Joshua Aronson as saying that we shouldn't...
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The idea of a simple, cheap and widely available device that could boost brain function (no more late nights studying for exams?) sounds too good to be true, but it may be a reality. Neurologists are coming up with brain stimulation techniques
that may make us all...
Thursday, October 27, 2011
New research shows that The higher up in latitude you live, the bigger your brain AND eyeballs will be. But does this mean that people who live in these regions are better thinkers
? Relatively few innovations have come from people living in these parts of the world, but...
Friday, April 1, 2011
Forget the "blonde" jokes--it turns out that big-breasted
women have higher I.Q.s. Yes, a recent study of over a thousand women
revealed that those with larger...
Monday, October 6, 2003
Being smart isn't always successful in the evolutionary race. Swiss researchers wondered why, if intelligence is such an asset, we haven't evolved to the point where everyone is super smart. Since this hasn't happened, there must be some good reasons to be dumb. Scottish researchers have discovered that it pays to be smart if you're poor, but...
Friday, March 22, 2002
Chewing gum could make us smarter, according to a study carried out in the U.K. by the University of Northumbria and the Cognitive Research Unit in Reading. They found that chewing gum has a positive effect on cognitive tasks such as thinking and memory.
?The results were extremely clear and specifically we found that chewing gum...