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Journal of Intelligence | Knowns and Unknowns about Cognitive Excellence

24 Jun 2022, 10:00 (CEST)

Intelligence, Giftedness, Above Average Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Excellence
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1st Journal of Intelligence Webinar

Knowns and Unknowns about Cognitive Excellence

Research into characteristics of gifted individuals has shown that exceptionally high cognitive abilities are typically associated with desirable life outcomes. Large-scale efforts such as the Terman study or more recently the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) consistently yielded positive correlations between cognitive abilities and, for instance, job prestige, salary, or self-reported life-satisfaction but negative ones with morbidity or mortality. Recent evidence, however, indicates the cognitive ability and desirable life outcome link may not be entirely unequivocal. In fact, some findings suggest that high cognitive abilities may conceivably represent a risk factor for cer-tain types of physical or psychological conditions (e.g., overexcitabilites). In the present webinar, two expert speakers discuss benefits and costs of being gifted and present novel empirical evidence about prevalences of physical and psychological overexcitabilities in two large samples of gifted individuals.

Date: 24 June 2022

Time: 10:00 am CEST | 4:00 am EDT | 4:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 822 8095 6050

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Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria

Jakob heads the Individual Differences and Psychological Assessment Unit at the School of Psychology at the University of Vienna. In his research, he focusses on human intelligence, its cognitive bases, and generational IQ test score changes (i.e., the Flynn-effect).

Invited Speakers

Department of Business and Media, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Heidelberg, Germany

Tanja Gabriele Baudson is a professor of Differential Psychology and psychological giftedness research at the Fresenius University Heidelberg. Her research interests include giftedness, intelligence, creativity, and identity development of gifted individuals. She has developed two IQ tests, edited books, and authored numerous papers, book chapters, and articles for the gen-eral public. In 2018, she received the "Professor of the Year" award by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband). She received the Men-sa Foundation's "Award for Excellence in Research" in 2014 and 2016.

Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria

I am a pre-doctoral researcher currently working on the associations of intelligence and various aspects of physical and mental health. In addition, my research interests are meta-analysis and statistics – I like tinkering in R. In my leisure time I like to dust off my road bike or go on a scary amusement park ride in Vienna’s Prater.

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Time in CEST

Chair Introduction

Chair Dr. Jakob Pietschnig

10:00 - 10:10 am

Prof. Dr. Tanja Gabriele Baudson

The ambivalence of being gifted: Representative findings from Germany and what they mean

10:10 - 10:40 am

Mr. Jonathan Fries

Gifted individuals exhibit elevated rates of mental health troubles: Evidence from an international survey of MENSA members

10:40 - 11:10 am

Q&A Session

11:10 - 11:40 am

Closing of Webinar

Chair Dr. Jakob Pietschnig

11:40 - 11:50 am

Relevant SI

A Century beyond Terman, 50 Years after Marland: Knowns and Unknowns about Cognitive Excellence
Guest Editors: Dr. Jakob Pietschnig and Prof. Dr. Tanja Gabriele Baudson
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022

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