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Science Cafe: What is Intelligence?

Monday, March 9, 2009 at 9:00 am
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What makes someone smart? Is it intelligence, creativity or wisdom? While Albert Einstein is often recognized as a genius, his teachers told his parents he was “too stupid to learn.” How come someone can explain complex physics but be socially inept?
Join us for a Science Café conversation about intelligence. Local psychology professors share what IQ tests really reveal and whether effort can increase intelligence. Learn how intelligence is tested in babies and how that same test can help diagnose Alzheimers.
The smarts on smart, Monday at 9 on 90.3.

Here are some sample IQ Test questions from
1. Which number is the next logical number in the following sequence of numbers: 2, 6, 14, 30...
2. Three birds and and four dogs have how many total legs?
3. Judy had a number of raisins. After eating one, she gave half the remainder to her sister. After eating another raisin, she gave a third of what was left to her brother. Judy now had only six raisins left. How many raisins did she start with?
4. Tim's grandfather's son is Mike's dad. How is Mike related to Tim (assume nobody has ever remarried)?
a) They are first cousins b) Mike is Tim's uncle c) Tim is Mike's uncle d) Tim is Mike's father e) Mike is Tim's father


Dr. Cynthia Holland, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Cuyahoga Community College
Dr. Joseph Fagan, Psychology Professor, Case Western Reserve University