The Neuroscience of Intelligence

The Neuroscience of Intelligence

by Richard J. Haier


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The Neuroscience of Intelligence by Richard J. Haier

This book 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. In understandable language, Richard J. Haier explains cutting-edge techniques based on genetics, DNA, and imaging of brain connectivity and function. He dispels common misconceptions, such as the belief that IQ tests are biased or meaningless, and debunks simple interventions alleged to increase intelligence. Readers will learn about the real possibility of dramatically enhancing intelligence based on neuroscience findings and the positive implications this could have for education and social policy. The text also explores potential controversies surrounding neuro-poverty, neuro-socioeconomic status, and the morality of enhancing intelligence for everyone. Online resources, including additional visuals, animations, questions and links, reinforce the material.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107461437
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2016
Series: Cambridge Fundamentals of Neuroscience in Psychology
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 466,629
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Richard J. Haier earned his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University and is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. He pioneered the use of neuroimaging to study intelligence in 1988 and has given invited lectures at meetings sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the European Molecular Biology Organization, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In 2013, he created video lectures, 'The Intelligent Brain', for The Great Courses. In 2016, he served as President of the International Society for Intelligence Research and became Editor-in-Chief of Intelligence.

Table of Contents

1. What we know about intelligence from the weight of studies; 2. Nature more than nurture: the impact of genetics on intelligence; 3. Peeking inside the living brain: neuroimaging is a game changer for intelligence research; 4. Fifty shades of gray matter: a brain image of intelligence is worth a thousand words; 5. The holy grail: can neuroscience boost intelligence?; 6. As neuroscience advances, what's next for intelligence research?

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