Science Café Cleveland presents


"Intelligence begins at infancy: How we know it, and what difference does it make?"


MARCH 9, 2009




Dr. Joseph Fagan

 (Dept. of Psychology, CWRU)




Dr. Cindy Holland

 (Dept. of Psychology, Tri-C)




Intelligence is information processing ability. Selective attention to novelty is a way to measure information processing ability (intelligence) during infancy. Selective attention to novelty during infancy predicts later IQ, disproving the traditional theory of Jean Piaget that the nature of intelligence changes with age. 


The new view of intelligence as information processing ability allows the identification of infants most in need of help, can reveal intellectual strength now masked by other handicap, aids in the discovery of the causes of intellectual disability, makes the development of a valid, culture-fair test of intelligence possible and provides a means to study the biochemical bases of intelligence. 


Come join experts from CWRU and Cuyahoga Community College to delve into these and other facinating issues related to intelligence and "intelligence tests"!





If you have a few minutes, you can "prepare your mind" for the café by checking out these articles from Scientific American:

Searching for intelligence

Searching for Intelligence in our Genes

Intelligence fostered by firstborn treatment

Studies show brain powered can be boosted - maybe

The choke factor - how stereotypes affect performance




Date: March 9, 2009
Time: Drinks start at 6:30 PM, discussion starts around 7:00 PM
Location: Tasting Room, Great Lakes Brewing Company (2701 Carroll Ave, Cleveland)


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