How much is intelligence determined by our childhood environment vs. our genetics? Are there things we can do later in life to become more intelligent? What exactly is intelligence, anyway? This session explores the strengths and weaknesses of IQ testing, various models of intelligence, some underlying neural mechanisms, the influences of nature and nurture on intelligence, and perspectives on influences of race, effort, and practice.
Some Keywords: IQ, testing, education, Flynn effect, nature vs. nurture, acheivement gap, stereotype threat, Head Start
Read the following before watching the lecture video.
One of the following textbook chapters:
- Chapter 9 “Intelligence”
or the intelligence chapter from either of these free text books:
These optional resources are provided for students that wish to explore this topic more fully.
Summary videos of the chapters: Watch video 16 for this chapter
MIT psych 101 video lecture on Intelligence
|Supplemental video||StanfordSCOPE. “Claude Steele on Stereotype Threat.” Nov. 23, 2011. YouTube. Accessed March 9, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvwvvbiwRkg||Brief interview with Prof. Steele, whose research first identified the stereotype threat effect on acheivement gaps.|
|Textbook supplement||Study materials for Ch. 9 “Types of Intelligence: What Does It Mean To Be Smart?” In Kosslyn & Rosenberg, Psychology in Context, 3/e (Pearson, 2007)||Practice test questions, flashcards, and media for a related textbook|