Seminar in Intelligence (PSYL11078)

Course Summary

This is one of two options in intelligence in the MSc Psychology of Individual Differences

  • Meeting each Monday of Semester II (weeks 1-11) from 11:10 till 13:00, at Seminar room 3, 15 Buccleuch Place.
  • Assessment deadline TBA
  • DRPS link
  • Course guide (word)

Structure of the course

Week Task
Week 1 Overview, Intro ppt;
Week 2 Example talk from Tim or René; Review of your choices
Week 3 Break
Weeks 4-6 Talks
Week 7 Help with editing your wikipedia page
Weeks 8-10 Talks
Week 11 Overview, wrap-up

Assessment: Three elements contribute to your mark:

  1. Your presentation (10% for the summary and 10% for your talk)
    • Choosing major, conceptual papers, not minor flawed papers or click bait will help you do a good job. An example of a good choice is this
  2. Your general and active participation (10%)
  3. Final assignment (creating or editing a wikipedia page) (70%).

*You should aim to add ~ 2000 words including references to one or more wikipedia pages directly addressing intelligence.

Who's assigned to what

When you choose a topic, please edit this page: Join the group, and put your name beside the topic. If you can't, ask ku.ca.de|setab.mit#ku.ca.de|setab.mit for help.

Weekly discussion

Each week one of you will lead a discussion. We will aim to have one or two presentations each week. The discussion of the paper or papers you choose will therefore take approximately one or two hours.
Below we list several “big topics” and we will also propose a selection of major papers that have contributed to the scientific debate on these topics.

You will need to choose one or more papers to discuss. In almost all cases, these will be from among the major, landmark papers we have assembled above. You should then communicate these to the course organizers who will determine whether they are suitable. You will then write a 1-2 page summary using the “In Course Presentation” guide.

Finally, the week before your presentation you will email the pdfs to us. On the week of your presentation you will hand out your summary, walk people through the summaries, and lead the discussion that follows.

Core topics to choose from

  1. Definitions, structure, and measurement
  2. The nature of general intelligence (underlying causal structure or something else)
  3. Genes, environments and their interactions
  4. Environments and Processes (Education, Practice, SES, etc.)
  5. Training (Can intelligence be boosted by cogntive training (a hot topic)? )
  6. Non-cognitive factors: Talent, persistence, openness
  7. Social Intelligence: Being Intelligent about or with people: EQ, Group IQ
  8. Biological foundations: Synapses, connection, volumes…
  9. Intelligence, health, well-being, and psychopathology
  10. Group differences: Race, class, sex, ethnicity
  11. Ageing: Decline and maintenance: Crystallised vs fluid changes
  12. Intelligence in society: Work, wealth, marriage, savings, peace,
  13. Evolution (+ Ev Psych and intelligence in nonhumans)
  14. Basic cognitive processes: Inspection time, reaction time

Journals/resources

Personality and Individual Differences, Intelligence, Behavior Genetics, Psychological Science, and many more