A study comparing 150 IQ+ persons to 180 IQ+ persons

From: Michael Anissimov (michaelanissimov@gmail.com)
Date: Mon Aug 21 2006 - 18:06:17 MDT



"Although there are numerous studies of gifted students, there have
been no studies following up the very high IQ students into adulthood.
Using the Terman files, 26 subjects with scores above 180 IQ were
compared with 26 randomly selected subjects from Terman's sample.
Findings were generally that the extra IQ points made little
difference and that extremely high IQ does not seem to indicate
"genius" in the commonly understood sense of the word."

What to make of this? I'm not entirely certain, except to say that
there is probably a point of diminishing returns with respect to
intelligence in humans, after which other factors such as social
skills, self-control, emotional stability, etc. begin to dominate over
the effects of IQ.

Michael Anissimov
Lifeboat Foundation      http://lifeboat.com

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