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What IQ tests don't tell you (A: lots)

Posted by: The Conversation Global highlights

Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2024

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We’ve all had to suffer someone droning on about their high IQ score. But how reliable a measure of cognitive ability are these tests? And, crucially, what do they miss? After all, many great leaps in human invention were driven by creativity, teamwork, self-discipline, intuition or curiosity rather than just one person’s IQ.

Interestingly, a lack of these other qualities can actually hinder our ability to think well. Yet they aren’t measured on an IQ test. And high IQ doesn’t necessarily protect against bias or error – people with higher IQ may in fact be particularly vulnerable to confirmation bias, for example. Click below for more. And have a great day.

Miriam Frankel

Senior Science Editor, London

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