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Christopher Chabris
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+Zach Hambrick and I wrote an essay for +Slate that addresses the recent criticism of the SAT and the underlying concept of IQ. We tried to explain what the best evidence says about the relationship between test scores and educational and life outcomes. "IQ, whether measured with the SAT or a traditional intelligence test, is not an indicator of value or worth. ... A test score is a prediction, not a prophecy, and doesn’t say anything specific about what a person will or will not achieve in life. ... But given everything that social scientists have learned about IQ and its broad predictive validity, it is reasonable to make it a factor in decisions such as whom to hire for a particular job or admit to a particular college or university."
The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving...
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In the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Wai and I try to explain why Google can't be right when they say that standardized assessments "don't predict anything" about job performance.
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On the occasion of Magnus Carlsen's ascent to the world chess championship, David Goodman and I write in The Wall Street Journal about how computers have changed the game of chess -- surprisingly, for the better -- since Garry Kasparov's epic match against IBM's Deep Blue 16 years ago. [Apologies for any paywalls; as they say, paywalls are above my paygrade.]
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Why Malcolm Gladwell Matters (and Why That's Unfortunate)
Malcolm Gladwell, the New Yorker  writer and perennial bestselling author, has a new book out. It's called David and Goliath: Misfits, Underdogs, and the Art of Battling Giants.   I reviewed it  ( PDF ) in last weekend's edition of The Wall Street Journal. ...
Malcolm Gladwell, the New Yorker writer and perennial bestselling author, has a new book out. It's called David and Goliath: Misfits, Underdogs, and the Art of Battling Giants. I reviewed it (PDF) in last weekend's edition of...
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Yes, in the current book. I am taking everything with a grain a salt, and I find some examples to be stretched thin in order to illustrate his thesis. Still, it's a fascinating subject and I would be nice to know in which stories (if any) is the science correct.
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What's the cleverest journal article title you've ever seen (or written)?
I joined the Society for Personality and Social Psychology last year, even though I am not a social psychologist, because I had to in order to give an invited talk at a pre-conference session of the annual SPSP meeting, which...
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I really enjoyed your book review in WSJ. Very well written and interesting to read. 
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"Data Journalism" on College ROI at FiveThirtyEight: Where's the Critical Thinking?
A website called PayScale recently published a "College ROI Report" that purports to calculate the return on investment (ROI) of earning a Bachelor's degree from each of 1310 American colleges and universities. I found out about this report from an article ...
A website called PayScale recently published a "College ROI Report" that purports to calculate the return on investment (ROI) of earning a Bachelor's degree from each of 1310 American colleges and universities. I found out ab...
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I added a postscript this morning.
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Help us crowdsource a new set of matrix reasoning problems that will be freely available for research. You could win up to $500 and be a co-author of the scientific paper(s) describing the test! (And please feel free to spread this link far and wide.)
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Slate asked me to republish my piece on Gladwell from my blog last week, so I sent them a revised and updated version.
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I really appreciate the time and effort you spent to write this skillful article about the potential dangers of Gladwell's writings. It is refreshing to read someone who has shared my views for quite some time. 
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Why Malcolm Gladwell Matters (And Why That's Unfortunate)
Malcolm Gladwell, the New Yorker  writer and perennial bestselling author, has a new book out. It's called David and Goliath: Misfits, Underdogs, and the Art of Battling Giants.   I reviewed it  ( PDF ) in last weekend's edition of The Wall Street Journal. ...
Malcolm Gladwell, the New Yorker writer and perennial bestselling author, has a new book out. It's called David and Goliath: Misfits, Underdogs, and the Art of Battling Giants. I reviewed it (PDF) in last weekend's edition of...
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The Part Before the Colon: Is There a Trend Toward Cleverer Journal Article Titles?
I joined the Society for Personality and Social Psychology last year, even though I am not a social psychologist, because I had to in order to give an invited talk at a pre-conference session of the annual SPSP meeting, which was held in New Orleans. I had ...
I joined the Society for Personality and Social Psychology last year, even though I am not a social psychologist, because I had to in order to give an invited talk at a pre-conference session of the annual SPSP meeting, which...
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I am a psychology professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York. I am the co-author, with Daniel Simons, of The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us and I write occasional essays and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. I am also a chess master and poker amateur. For more info, including links to my published writing: www.chabris.com
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