Neuroscience of Intelligence
Welcome to our
purpose of this website is to provide its readers with information
regarding neuroscience of intelligence. In particular, our aims are to
provide some information about age and gender differences in
intelligence, neuropsychological testing, different theories about the
nature of intelligence (heredity vs. environment), and artificial
Perhaps the best place
to start in this site would be with the many possible definitions of
intelligence. It is surprisingly hard to define. Some theorists go so
far as to assign mutltiple types of intelligence, an idea that fits
well with the fact that everyone has
different talents, and that two people considered 'geniuses' may have
two completely different sets of skills. A common set of seven
intelligences is discussed in Types of
In The idea of g a possible
explanation for why some people are more intelligent than others is
examined. These two pages should provide a solid foundation for
understanding what exactly intelligence is.
From Left to Right: Rustem Onkal, Nate Vernon, Andrea Levine, and Jack Payne.
(Not shown: Michael Blythe)
Maybe in the fall we'll make a less blurry picture.
This site was built
semester of 2004-2005 academic year by us, a group of five students
enrolled in the Behavioral
Neuroscience class here at Macalester College. Jack Payne
provides information about how age can effect intelligence, while Nate Vernon discusses gender differences in intelligence. Rustem Onkal focuses on the
famous ‘nature vs.
nurture’ debate of intelligence and he discusses the role of heredity
environment in the development of intelligence. Andrea Levine writes about
testing and also spectroscopy. Finally, Michael Blythe focuses on
artificial intelligence. We'd like our readers to know that we are very
willing to hear your praise or critiques of our site, so please feel
free to e-mail!
Our advisor in this
project is Prof.
Eric Wiertelak, who has provided both direction and motivation
during the creation of this webpage. Explore our site through the
navigation bar to your left. Enjoy!