Educational Psychology

USA Today: I.Q. scores mostly reveal the test-taker’s motivation to do well on the exam, particularly for low-scorers, suggests a series of experiments. “One of the most robust social science findings of the 20th century is that intelligence quotient (IQ) scores predict a broad range of life outcomes, including academic More

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: New research suggests that there is a complex interaction of genes and environment that affects academic performance of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The research led by Lee A. Thompson, chairman of Case Western Reserve University’s Psychological Sciences Department, involved a study of twins. Read the whole story More

The New York Times: After reading “The Longevity Project,” I took an unscientific survey of friends and relatives asking them what personality characteristic they thought was most associated with long life. Several said “optimism,” followed by “equanimity,” “happiness,” “a good marriage,” “the ability to handle stress.” One offered, jokingly, “good More

The Economist: EMPATHY is often confused with sympathy in Washington and derided as a trait of bleeding-heart liberals. But whereas sympathy can be uninformed—”I could never imagine what she is going through”—empathy is the ability to identify with the experiences and feelings of another person. And, in general, we humans More

The Vancouver Sun: Those who approve “enhanced interrogation techniques” probably have a flawed idea of whether this constitutes torture, because few have felt the pain these methods can cause, researchers report. A study that gave its subjects a mild taste of such interrogation methods as solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and More