We were getting smarter, but now we may be dumbing down

We were getting smarter, but now we may be dumbing down

For decades now researchers into cognitive ability – how smart we are – have observed a phenomenon called the “Flynn Effect” (Trahan et al, 2014). If you looked at long term results on IQ tests they tended in western countries to go up, by about 3-5 IQ points...
Are you too smart to be resilient?

Are you too smart to be resilient?

Are smarter people more or less resilient than those who are not so smart? It turns out that this is not an entirely straightforward question. Here are a couple of key points: People with high levels of cognitive ability tend to be able to cope better with a wide...
Do people who love numbers hate change?

Do people who love numbers hate change?

Later this week I am running a workshop on resistance to change and in preparation for it Azusa, our statistician, pulled some very interesting data out of our database of psych test results. The results are shown above. What this shows is that there are some very...
Human Beings are getting smarter

Human Beings are getting smarter

I read the following article about miners in the Pilbara running entire mine sites with robot trucks. (to read the article please click here) Not remotely controlled trucks, autonomous robotic trucks. They have sensors to detect their location and to sense obstacles. ...
Are you too smart for friendship?

Are you too smart for friendship?

For literally decades now psychologists have found that people who have more friends are happier than those who have fewer friends.  So much so that it has become accepted wisdom that if you want to increase your levels of subjective wellbeing (geek speak for...
Which is smarter – a plant or an animal?

Which is smarter – a plant or an animal?

Bad news, vegetarians.  The world of science is gradually coming to the conclusion that plants are intelligent.  Mancuso and Viola, in a book published just last year, summarise the evidence behind the move to increasingly regard plants as thinking beings. Plants do...