As GWAS results confirm links between cognitive ability and outcomes diverse as increased lifespan, better SES and education outcomes, and protection from mental illness, information on the genetics of cognitive ability itself has taken a quantum leap, Nature have posted an editorial framing these results against wide-spread misconceptions about human intelligence.
The editorial argues that these large molecular-based studies of human ability are themselves the best antidote to what the editor identifies as cognitive ability research's three worst enemies:
In the search to increase important economic and health-related life benefits linked to cognitive abilities, and knowing that many of these benefits are linked to the combined action of thousands of very, very small genetic effects, researchers have recognized that they need to pull together massive samples to make progress.
That recognition has begun to bear fruit, with multiple new genes influencing cognitive ability being reported, for instance, from UK Biobank.
Now, combining DNA and cognitive data from almost 80,000 individuals has yielded over 300 individ...
In a long and detailed illustrated essay, National Geographic cover a diverse range of work on a subject of interest to all followers to ISIR: Genius. (to accompany their new series on Einstein).
Lots to surprise readers: Did you know there's a hunt to find Leonardo’s DNA?
Rex Jung (ISIR member and our host for ABQ 2014) brings the 2017 meeting of the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity to our attention. Creative thoughts are linked to intelligence and this conference will be of interest to many in ISIR.
The meeting is on March 24th in San Francisco, right alongside CNS.
Submit presentations http://tsfnc.org/abstract-submissions. NSF-funded travel awards may be available for students/post-docs, and education practitioners. http://kuclas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ueUTPL67mTwXK5
The deadline for abstracts and travel award ...
Professor Keith. Stanovich and colleagues Richard. West, and Maggie. Toplak have a terrific new book out which focuses not on how well we reason at our best (the domain of cognitive ability research), but systems that affect when people reason and when they use default mechanisms that don't involve effortful cognition. Highly recommended!