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Open Mind

Open Mind

As our open access program grows, we check in with Dr. Richard Aslin, Director of the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging. Dr. Aslin is at the helm of the forthcoming OA journal Open Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science, which will launch in 2016.

Five Minutes with Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz

Five Minutes with Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz

Is one of your New Year's resolution to learn a new language? Here's a Q & A with Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz about their book Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language to help you!

Five Minutes with Keith E. Stanovich, Richard F. West, and Maggie E. Toplak

Five Minutes with Keith E. Stanovich, Richard F. West, and Maggie E. Toplak

Today, Keith E. Stanovich, Richard F. West, and Maggie E. Toplak are featured on our Five Minutes with the Authors talking about their book The Rationality Quotient. The books explores how to assess critical aspects of cognitive functioning that are not measured by IQ tests. 

Why is rationality commonly seen as a part of intelligence, yet excluded from tests that measure it—IQ tests being the primary example?

The idea that IQ tests do not measure all of the important human faculties is not new. This point deserves elaboration, because a common misinterpretation of our work is that we are trying to improve intelligence tests. Not only is this not our goal, but it is a serious misunderstanding of what we are trying to achieve.

Unlike some writers, we do not see the usefulness of labeling every human cognitive skill as intelligence—particularly when there are readily existing concepts (both scientific concepts and folk concepts) for some of those things (rationality, creativity, wisdom, critical thinking, open-minded thinking, reflectivity, sensitivity to evidence).  For example, theorists such as Howard Gardner and Robert Sternberg define entities such as practical intelligence, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, emotional intelligence, etc…