Freitag, 24. Juni 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 iCal

Knowns and Unknowns about Cognitive Excellence




Research into characteristics of gifted individuals has shown that exceptionally high cognitive abilities are typically associated with desirable life outcomes. Large-scale efforts such as the Terman study or more recently the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) consistently yielded positive correlations between cognitive abilities and, for instance, job prestige, salary, or self-reported life-satisfaction but negative ones with morbidity or mortality. Recent evidence, however, indicates the cognitive ability and desirable life outcome link may not be entirely unequivocal. In fact, some findings suggest that high cognitive abilities may conceivably represent a risk factor for cer-tain types of physical or psychological conditions (e.g., overexcitabilites). In the present webinar, two expert speakers discuss benefits and costs of being gifted and present novel empirical evidence about prevalences of physical and psychological overexcitabilities in two large samples of gifted individuals.

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Jakob Pietschnig

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Jakob Pietschnig
University of Vienna
Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology
+43 1 4277 47450