The Neuroscience of Intelligence – Richard Haier and Stefan Molyneux

The Neuroscience of Intelligence Summary: “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.”

Dr. Richard Haier pioneered the use of neuroimaging to study intelligence in 1988, is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, is the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal “Intelligence” and author of “The Neuroscience of Intelligence.”