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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Intelligent Brain for beginning to
explain how the brain and mind result in what we call intelligence.
We are finally beginning to understand what intelligence is.

The Intelligent Brain
Lectures by Professor Richard J. Haier


The Intelligent Brain (2013) - 18 lectures, 9 hours
The Intelligent Brain at TheGreatCourses.com

No feature of the mind is as important, controversial, and mysterious as intelligence. It is one of the brain's highest-order activities, allowing us to navigate the complexities of everyday life - thinking, remembering, planning, learning, organizing, solving problems, making snap judgments, and pondering difficult decisions. It is the epitome of brain function, and it has a powerful influence on success in life. And thanks to decades of research, we are closer than ever before to understanding it.

Although many aspects of intelligence remain puzzling, researchers are now on their way to a detailed scientific explanation of what defines intelligence, where it comes from, and how it operates in the brain. Few fields of psychology are as crucial to the lives of people or the social policies of nations. An understanding of how the brain produces intelligence sheds light on questions such as these:

  • What's right and what's wrong with IQ tests?
  • Can intelligence be measured directly from the brain?
  • Can education or brain training enhance intelligence in children or adults?
  • Is intelligence constrained by genes?
  • What is the connection between intelligence and creativity?

The answers to these questions help determine policy decisions in education, employment, health care, and other fields. They also govern personal choices about how we want to lead our lives and raise our children. For example, is it realistic to gauge school success largely by rising test scores? Are everyday tools such as electronic devices unnecessarily complicated for most people to use? Or suppose a pill were available that could raise IQ. Would you take it? Would you allow your school-age children to take it?

The Intelligent Brain plunges you into a myriad of thought-provoking issues such as these in 18 stimulating half-hour lectures taught by Professor Richard J. Haier of the University of California, Irvine. Professor Haier is one of the world's foremost researchers on intelligence and a pioneer in the use of brain imaging technology to explore the workings of the human intellect.

Professor Richard J. Haier is Professor Emeritus in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, where he has been teaching and conducting research since 1986. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. Professor Haier's main research interest is the structural and functional neuroanatomy of higher cognitive processes, especially intelligence. His work has been featured on NOVA scienceNOW, NPR, CNN, and CBS Sunday Morningand in numerous newspaper and magazine reports. In 2012, Professor Haier received the Distinguished Contributor Award for the International Society for Intelligence Research.

18 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: What Is Intelligence? 10: Intelligence and the Brains of Children
2: Assessing Intelligence 11: Sex and Intelligence
3: General Intelligence in Everyday Life 12: Race and Intelligence
4: To g or Not to g - Is That the Question? 13: Are We Really Getting Smarter?
5: Intelligence and Genius over the Life Span 14: The Mind in Milliseconds
6: Early Childhood Experience and Intelligence 15: Creativity and Intelligence
7: Genes and Intelligence 16: Can Intelligence Be Enhanced?
8: Can We See Intelligence in the Brain? 17: Intelligence, Child Rearing, and Education
9: What Brain Imaging Reveals about Intelligence 18: The IQ Pill


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The Intelligent Brain
Lectures by Professor Richard J. Haier

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Intelligent Brain for beginning to
explain how the brain and mind result in what we call intelligence.
We are finally beginning to understand what intelligence is.