ISIR awards Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Richard J. Haier

ISIR has awarded Richard Haier its highest honor: the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Intelligence. After obtaining a PhD from Johns Hopkins in 1975 (working in part with Julian Stanley), his was the first study designed to understand the role of brain function – measured with glucose metabolism (using Positron Emission Tomography: PET, in 1988) – during performance of a measure of abstract reasoning. Interestingly, the relationships were inverse, with higher scores being associated with lower glucose metabolism, a finding that ...

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Professors Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski

ISIR Lifetime Achievement Award  ISIR has awarded Professors Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski its highest honour: the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Intelligence.  Congratulations to them both. Professors Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski are best known for leading the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY). This study is globally unique: five cohorts of intellectually talented youth identified over 25 years (1972-1997) and longitudinally tracked throughout their lifespan. Their work has identified educationally ...

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Winner of Best Student Talk at ISIR 2019

For the second year running, Ms Emily Willoughby  won the Best Student Talk at ISIR 2019, with The First Longitudinal Investigation of Cognitive Ability in Adult Adoptive Families.  Huge congratulations to Emily, who says ". . . what an honor to receive the award twice. Not sure if deserved, but certainly appreciated." Emily is starting her fourth year of a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she works in personality, individual differences & behavioral genetics with James J. Lee and Matt McGue. With a background in biology, Emily’s research ...

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2018 John B. Carroll Award for Research Methodology: Inga Schwabe

Inga Schwabe Biosketch: Inga grew up in Paderborn, Germany. She received her M.Sc. in Applied Cognitive Psychology from the University of Twente (Netherlands) in 2013 where she then started her Ph.D. research at the department of Research Methodology, Measurement and Data Analysis. Her doctoral dissertation discusses a number of psychometric issues that require special attention in the analysis of genetically-informative data and proposes new methodology in the form of multilevel item response theory (IRT) (pdf). She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the department of ...

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2018 ISIR Prize for Best Student Poster

Cassidy Burningham Biosketch:  Cassidy grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah with a family who has supported her throughout her entire life. Growing up with family and friends who were constantly asking for her advice is what drove Cassidy in to the world of behavioral science. Cassidy received her Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology this past Spring from Utah Valley University. Cassidy will be continuing her education at the University of Utah and will be getting her Master's Degree in Social Work. Cassidy is hoping to work in the ...

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