3 results for month: 03/2016

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award: John Loehlin

The Lifetime Achievement Award is ISIR’s highest honor, reserved for individuals who have, over their professional lifetime, substantially advanced the field of intelligence. The 2015 awardee was Professor John Loehlin. Professor Loehlin has contributed  to statistics (he has a multi-edition book on structural equation modeling), computational modeling (he wrote some of the earliest simulations in psychology, twin research - he still publishes actively in this field, and, of course in intelligence. He assembled one of the first large twin studies, and over decades now, has contributed some of the most innovative, rigorous, courageous, and ...

Why stupid mistakes happen (hint, it often involves not thinking)

ISIR member Zach Hambrick has a nice article on the Scientific American web site on the psychology of errors. It's a nice outline of the mechanisms for errors and the role of IQ in these.  

Controlled trial shows brain training has no long-term value

New work involving leading UK neuropsychologist Susan Gathercole indicates that brain training has no lasting effects. Based on claims that this could enhance IQ, reading and math, the researchers randomized children to  intensive "brain training" of working memory. The trial was large (over 450 6-year olds) and well controlled, and at one and two year follow ups found… "no improvements in reading, spelling or mathematics". WM training is being urged (and even paid for) as  an  intervention for children. The new data say this should end. original reference here