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Getting Smarter about Intelligence

Lecture no. 12 from the course: Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

Getting Smarter about Intelligence

Taught by Professor Don Lincoln | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Focus your attention on popular myths about the human brain. There’s the myth that we only use 10 percent of our brain power, the concept that people can be right- or left-brained, and the complexities of learning styles and IQ scores to consider. Use current science to make sense of how your brain works.

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r********m
August 30, 2019
Very good lecture, except that the information given about male vs female IQ is not quite correct: First, the information is absent that only in the recent decades women show the same performance on IQ tests as men, as now IQ-subtests are weighted in a way so that the resulting overall IQ for men as women is the same. If you weigh verbal abilities lower and reasoning abilities higher (as it was in the past and which is very important in science) then men score about 3.5 points higher than women. The current weights of subtests are totally arbitrary with the only goal to make men and women appear to be equally intelligent. :-/ Second, and this is quite a biggie, it is not mentioned that at the higher and lower ends of the bell curve there are much more men than women, particularly when we talk about very high IQ's. For instance, there are twice as many men as women who have IQ's above 120, but there are 30 (!) times as many men as women who have IQ's of 170 or more. --> This alone explains very well why there are so few women among top scientists for instance, even if you'd assume that otherwise men and women would be absolutely equal. PS: I also highly recommend Prof. Haier's course "The Intelligent Brain". It really gets many things right.

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l********m
July 4, 2019

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