2 results for month: 02/2016

Does grit out-weigh IQ? Massive UK study shows not

Some research has shown small associations between "grit" and academic achievement. These have been from small, selected samples, but the results have been widely cited as showing that "Grit outweighs IQ". What do large, well controlled studies suggest? A new paper from the lab of lifetime awardee Robert Plomin and written by 2014 prize winner Kaili Rimfeld, data from  4,500 16-year-old twins show that grit predicted just one half of one percent (0.5%) of variance in high-stakes school results. This was dwarfed by the effects of IQ. Conscientiousness and other dimensions of personality accounted for about 12 times the effect of ...

Man's best friend and IQ: Dog g in the Guardian

ISIR researchers Dr Rosalind Arden and Dr Mark J Adams have been studying intelligence in dogs, with fascinating symmetries between human and dog IQ suggesting that dogs may be good participants for research on IQ and perhaps research on preventing dementia (if dog-IQ scores could be used as a marker of cognitive decline in our sadly shorter-lived friends). Food writer Felicity Cloack thought the idea interesting enough to run her own in-house replication and present the research through this lens to Guardian readers. Worth a read!