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The Science of Smart

Yesterday, National Geographic staffers were treated to special previews of upcoming programs on National Geographic Channel. One of the most exciting was upcoming episodes of Brain Games.

The audience was thrilled by a series of new interactive puzzles from the show. I won’t give away the surprises, but it’s amazing how optical illusions can work through a television screen. It’s even more amazing what such simple “tricks” can teach us about the human brain.

Of course, there is still a great deal we don’t yet know about that vital organ. Most of us (except a few bullies, perhaps) put a high value on intelligence, and yet scientists have many unanswered questions when it comes to that trait. How is it determined?

How much do nature and nurture play a role in its development? How useful, or accurate, is an i.q. test?

I thought this infographic from Best College Reviews made some interesting points about smarts, so I’m posting it here. What do you think about the science of smart?

The Science of Smart
Source: Best College Reviews

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