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High Childhood IQ Linked To Drug Use
2011-11-15 13:36:44

New research suggests that a high childhood IQ may be linked to subsequent illegal drug use. Researchers studied data from 8,000 people in the 1970 British Cohort Study, which is a large ongoing population based study. The IQ scores of the participants were measured at the ages of 5 and 10 years by using a validated scale, and then the information that was gathered on self reported levels of psychological distress and drug use at the ages of 16 and 30. The team found that about a...

Brain Imaging Shows Dyslexia Not A Matter Of IQ
2011-09-29 05:07:23

Stanford University researchers have used an imaging technique to show that brain activation patterns in children with poor reading skills and a low IQ are similar to those in poor readers with average IQs, findings that have implications for the physiological basis of dyslexia. Some 5 to 10 percent of American children are diagnosed as dyslexic, a brain-based learning disability that impairs a person's ability to read. Schools and psychologists have historically relied upon a child's...

2011-04-26 14:11:20

According to new research, intelligence tests are as much a measure of motivation as they are of mental ability. Researchers from Pennsylvania found that a high IQ score required both high intelligence and high motivation, but a low IQ score could be the result of a lack of either. The team also found that incentives helped increase IQ scores by a noticeable margin. The researchers analyzed previous studies of how material incentives affected the performance of over 2,000 people in...

2010-06-04 14:06:50

Low IQ scores in early adulthood are associated with an increased risk of attempted suicide in men, according to new research funded by the Wellcome Trust. In the largest study of its kind, a team of researchers studied the medical records of over one million men in Sweden dating back over a period of twenty four years and compared rates of hospital admission for attempted suicide against IQ scores. The research is published today in the British Medical Journal. Out of a cohort of 1.1 million...

2009-05-01 20:10:11

Higher IQ is linked to more calculated risk taking and wiser economic choices, University of Minnesota researchers said. The study, to be published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found those with better cognitive skills, in particular higher IQ, were more willing to take calculated risks, to save their money and to make more consistent choices. They were also more likely to be cooperative in strategic situations and more accurately forecast the behavior of...

2008-09-03 09:00:35

By HAL TARLETON By HAL TARLETON CHARLES MURRAY, the social scientist who created a stir 25 years ago with "Losing Ground," a critique of America's welfare policy and its deleterious effects on the recipients of federal altruism, is back with a critique of college. In "Real Education," he simply says, not all kids should go to college. In fact, he contends in his just-published book, too many young people are going to college because they've been channeled by public schools to believe...

2008-01-29 11:50:00

In an interview with Newsweek's Joan Raymond, British Researcher Adrian Furnham reveals that men are not necessarily more intelligent than their female counterparts; however they certainly believe that they are. Adrian Furnham is a professor of psychology at University College London who studies "perceived intelligence", or how smart people think they are. Furnham's analysis of nearly 30 studies showed that in all actuality, men and women are fairly equal in terms of IQ. He claims that...

Word of the Day
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.