Where in the brain is intelligence?

Richard Haier uses neuroimaging to study how brain function and structure relate to intelligence, why people have different mental aptitudes and abilities, and what makes “smart” brains work the way they do. He is the editor-in-chief of Intelligence and the past president of the International Society for Intelligence Research.

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New Book: The Neuroscience of Intelligence

The Neuroscience of Intelligence introduces new and provocative neuroscience research that advances our understanding of intelligence and the brain. Compelling evidence shows that genetics plays a more important role than environment as intelligence develops from childhood, and that intelligence test scores correspond strongly to specific features of the brain assessed with neuroimaging.

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Tetris changes the Brain

Spark of Genius? Awakening a Better Brain, World Science Festival

Neuroplasticity refers to the fact that the brain changes. Here neuroscientist Richard Haier discusses a study showing how playing the video game Tetris changes the brain.
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The Neuroscience of Intelligence

Dialogues: Jordan B. Peterson
There is almost nothing more important to understand about people than intelligence. It can be measured more accurately than anything else in the social sciences. It differs tremendously and importantly between individuals. It is the single most important determinant of life success. It's very existence, however, remains subject to substantive debate, most of it highly politicized.

Seeing Intelligence at Work in the Brain

Colloquium, Fermilab
Intelligence test scores are correlated to brain function and structure determined by various neuroimaging methods. We are working to understand how information flows throughout the brain during problem solving.

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