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The Mensa Research Journal highlights scholarly articles and recent research related to intelligence from a diverse selection of nationally and internationally esteemed authors.
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Volume 54, Issue 3
This issue of the Mensa Research Journal explores animal intelligence with topics including how animals visually process the world, how they might adapt to transportation methods of other animals, questions about whether it makes sense to compare animal and human intelligence, the logic of animal swarm behavior, and much more.
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Volume 54, Issue 2
This issue of the Mensa Research Journal explores the various frameworks of the neurodiversity movement. The articles will provide a deeper appreciation for the complexity of human experience. This issue is a companion piece to the 2023 Colloquium featuring the work of the event’s speakers.
Volume 54, Issue 1
This issue features the 2022 Awards for Excellence in Research honorees’ award-winning research. The Awards for Excellence in Research represent the best and latest thinking in the pursuit of understanding and best using the human brain.
Volume 53, Issue 3
While the Mensa Research Journal tends to curate work related to intelligence, creativity adds an important dimension to this discussion. This issue’s collection of articles provides encouraging evidence that creativity can be facilitated and enhanced using specific strategies.
Volume 53, Issue 2
Intelligence and giftedness is often considered through a psychometric perspective and within educational contexts. The 2022 summer issue of the Mensa Research Journal aims to shift and broaden this perspective to incorporate the lived experiences at the different ages and stages, and within contexts important to people’s lives today. It also serves as a companion piece to the 2022 Colloquium featuring the work of the event’s speakers.
Volume 53, Issue 1
In conjunction with the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Mensa Foundation recently announced its 2021 research award winners. The winter issue of the Mensa Research Journal is dedicated to honoring those award winners and sharing some of the fascinating work representing their achievements.
Volume 52, Issue 3
In the Fall issue, we explore Drs. Alice and David Kolb's experiential learning theory, a four-step cycle of learning that applies experiencing, reflecting, thinking, and acting in a recursive loop. Drawing on this concept, we investigate the theory's application in higher education, including in the fields of customer journey mapping, science teaching methodology, and entrepreneurial learning from failure.
Volume 52, Issue 2
For 50 years, the Mensa Foundation has championed research into the nature of intelligence and creativity that works toward a better understanding of the human condition. In the summer issue of the Mensa Research Journal, we check in with past award winners to explore their contemporary work and visions for the future.
Volume 52, Issue 1
There are plenty of articles about memory in mainstream media as well as considerable research in academic journals on the topic. But what about memory's counterpart? What about forgetting? In the winter issue of the Mensa Research Journal, we explore the role memories play in our emotional lives, the dance between memory and emotions, the brain's memory management system, and the many perspectives on forgetting as well as the useful purposes it can serve.
Volume 51, Issue 3
In 2020, the Mensa Foundation awarded Dr. James Robert Flynn with its International Lifetime Achievement, recognizing this researcher, professor, and author's lifelong search for the answer to the question "What is intelligence?" In the fall issue of the Mensa Research Journal, we explore a number of Dr. Flynn's theories, such as the "Flynn Effect" and "IQ paradox"; the "sociology" of intelligence; and whether your family makes you smarter.
Volume 51, Issue 2
How much can science tell us about the ways humans experience aesthetic expressions? Inside the summer issue of the Mensa Research Journal, we examine an innovative but controversial area of neuroscience research: neuroaesthetics, or how the arts affect our cognition, psychology, and more.
Volume 51, Issue 1
The Winter 2019 Mensa Research Journal features the winners of the Mensa Foundation Awards for Excellence in Research, including "Identifying Gifted Minority Students," "Screening and Challenging Gifted Students," "Sex Differences in Cognitive Ability," and "Parents’ Perceptions of STEM Programs." Plus research on handedness, language, and genetics; optimism and longevity; perceptual prediction; and a book review: In Search of Emotions.
Volume 50, Issue 3
Whether you are an insomniac or a napper, sleep is a universal aspect for all of us. In this issue, we attempt to unravel the mysteries of sleep through the work of a selection of researchers, including how sleep deprivation affects attention and cognitive control; the characteristics of sleep spindles and their role in memory reprocessing and consolidation; and the benefits to working memory napping provides, especially in older adults.
Volume 50, Issue 2
The summer 2019 Mensa Research Journal surveys the various aspects of memory, including the effects of memory on learning and cognition, successful memory aging, working memory performance, and memory, attention, and cognitive control. This issue also includes an interview with Prof. Aron K. Barbey, winner of the 2019 Mensa Foundation Prize, and explores his research into the network neuroscience theory of human intelligence.
Volume 50, Issue 1
Rather than the usual examination of a single topic, the winter 2019 Mensa Research Journal takes a look at past Mensa Foundation Lifetime Achievement and Excellence in Research awards winners.
Volume 49, Issue 3
The topic of the fall Mensa Research Journal is “Prodigies, Polymaths, Savants, and Creative Geniuses.” Specifically, this issue explores prodigies' interests and obsessions, domain-specific giftedness, genetic potential, and the musical skill of prodigies.
Volume 49, Issue 2
The Summer Mensa Research Journal, presented by the Mensa Foundation, takes a somewhat different tone. While this journal has always looked at human intelligence, I thought that we should also look at artificial intelligence, specifically that connection between human and artificial intelligence.
Volume 49, Issue 1
This issue is devoted to the work of Dr. Howard Gardner, winner of the Mensa Foundation’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. Inside, you'll find developments on Dr. Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences: visual, mathematical, musical, kinesthetic, inter- and intrapersonal, linguistic, and naturalistic.
Volume 48, Issue 3
Insight in Mathematics | Abstract Intelligence | Academic Tracking | Interplay of g and Mathematical Abilities | Excellence in Mathematics and General | Giftedness | Who Needs Innate Ability? | Predicting Reading and Mathematics Ability
Volume 48, Issue 2
Devoted to the winners of the Mensa Foundation’s Awards for Excellence in Research, this issue’s topics include the American elite’s cognitive ability, child and adolescent IQ tests, mathematical development in children, gifted education in Hispanic communities, and STEM education.
Volume 48, Issue 1
This issue includes articles about the correlation between musical ability and intelligence that look at how music instruction affects IQ and academic performance in school, how it influences adolescent brain development, and how listening to classical music enhances attentiveness and spatial reasoning.
Volume 47, Issue 3
This issue explores the impact of drugs on intelligence including the effects of modafinil on cognitive enhancement, marijuana usage on the cognitive development of adolescents, and the relationship between intelligence and the risk of illegal drug use.
Volume 47, Issue 2
History of IQ Testing | Flynn Effect | Neuroimaging Predictors | Beyond g and c
Volume 46, Issue 3
This issue explores the relationship between humor and intelligence, including possible links between the traits, as well as links to creativity, emotional intelligence, desirability, temperament, mental fitness, and social competence.
Volume 46, Issue 2
Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and treatment, predicting dyslexia, and the blood-brain barrier
Volume 46, Issue 1
The 2015 Awards for Excellence issue includes articles about childhood development with long-term longitudinal studies that follow children from infancy through high school, and underachievement among gifted students.
Volume 45, Issue 3
This issue includes a mixture of different research topics on anything having to do with intelligence or gifted education. Articles cover topics such as why the “Flynn Effect” is misnamed; how coaches and sports educators can apply the theories of multiple intelligences to helping all children positively and successfully participate in sports; why pumping up your working memory doesn’t really improve your overall fluid intelligence; how to better serve students who are both ADHD and gifted; whether there is any truth behind the common
perception of a correlation between genius and madness; how ability grouping helps and hinders gifted
Volume 45, Issue 2
Is it real? Is it measurable? Does it Matter?
Volume 45, Issue 1
This year’s Awards for Excellence in Research recipient explores how the right education and mentoring programs create high-achieving adults.
Volume 44, Issue 3
This issue explores research on how various factors affect children’s intelligence and cognitive functioning including birth order, the aging process, nutrition, sleep quality, and country of residence.
Volume 44, Issue 2
This issue looks at defining and measuring “creativity,” divergent thinking, and the tendency toward resistance of creative ideas.
Volume 44, Issue 1
With a focus particularly relevant to intelligent youth, this issue explores motivating gifted students, small-group effective curriculum, finding creative potential on intelligence tests, and more.
Volume 43, Issue 3
This edition features articles about the existence, measurement, and application of “spiritual” intelligence, and leadership styles and how they relate to an individual’s intelligent use of his or her spirituality.
Volume 43, Issue 2
This issue is devoted to research in math and science for gifted students. It takes a look at the brain function of a gifted student vs. non-gifted student, the ways gender affects academic performance, and the structure and curriculum of specific gifted programs.
Volume 43, Issue 1
This issue looks at two stars in the ﬁelds of education and psychology: Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Ed.D, who has been a leader and researcher in the ﬁeld of gifted education, and Simon Baron-Cohen, who has contributed vast amounts in the ﬁeld of autism research.
Volume 42, Issue 3
A follow-up look at what we can do to improve our brain functioning, includes investigations of noninvasive brain stimulation, modulating neuronal activity, direct current stimulation, and more.
Volume 42, Issue 2
This issue is the first of two examining the possibilities for increasing the performance of the human brain. This issue includes nine articles; notes, quotes and anecdotes; and guidelines for authors.
Volume 41, Issue 3
This issue explores updated psychological research into ADHD as well as education and consultation ideas for ADHD kids.
Volume 41, Issue 2
The Best of the Mensa Research Journal
Volume 41, Issue 1
This first part of this double issue features articles on the nurturing of the gifted children, while the second portion explores the suicide among gifted youth.
Volume 40, Issue 3
This issue looks at high-functioning autism in scientists and mathematicians, autism spectrum disorders and alexithymia, autistic disturbances of effective contact, visual feedback, and more.
Volume 40, Issue 2
This issue presents a varied group of observers to speak first-hand about barriers to educating the gifted while also considering potential future challenges.
Volume 40, Issue 1
This issue features five articles that are not only winners of the Awards for Excellence In Research, but that address the theme of gifted children and thought processes. It also features the debut of the International column.
Volume 39, Issue 2
Nine articles, including two by Howard Gardner, examine the concept of artistic intelligence and the various ways it has been studied; the Education, TAG Progeny and Spotlight sections also reflect the theme.
Volume 39, Issue 1
As a scholar with a special feel for creativity and those who create, Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. Jane Piirto has combined all her interests into a special area of research.
Volume 38, Issue 3
This issue is devoted to the hotly debated topic of homeschooling, particularly for the gifted. You may not agree with these articles, but they will encourage you to think deeply about the topic.
Volume 38, Issue 1
Spatial intelligence is the ability to think multi-dimensionally; high scores are demonstrated in creativity and the ability to visualize complex problems in three-dimensional space. This issue takes a closer look at the intricacies of spatial intelligenc
Volume 37, Issue SP
"Fibrofog" is a term used to describe some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia: mental confusion, memory loss, and a short attention span. This supplemental issue examines the intellectual effects of the condition.
Volume 37, Issue 3
Edited by a lawyer, this issue provides a wealth of information for entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, writers and composers. Even savvy readers experienced in the nuances of U.S. legal processes will find interesting information about international proce
Volume 37, Issue 2
This issue examines the affects of chemical abuse on IQ and includes many pages of international information about drugs, their effects and rehabilitation.
Volume 36, Issue SP
This supplemental issue features highlights of the longitudinal research done on gifted students by Dr. Camilla Persson Benbow, the 2004 winner of the Mensa Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Volume 36, Issue 2
Articles cover fetal alcohol syndrome, decreases in academic performance of children with alcoholic parents, and the effects of long-term binge drinking.
Volume 35, Issue 3
This issue examines intelligence and giftedness as traits that can be identified in many different ways. Topics include scholastic assessment, TV literacy and artistic giftedness, emotional intelligence, self-perception and giftedness, and intelligence an
Volume 35, Issue 2
This issue focuses on the prevention of lead poisoning with a special focus on lead as it affects children and intelligence.
Volume 34, Issue 3
The five studies in this issue examine how gifted students fare as they grow older. These papers were submitted to the Mensa Foundation's Awards for Excellence competition, and three received awards.
Volume 34, Issue 2
The four articles presented in this issue traverse the stages of life, monitoring intelligence as it progresses from a biological stimulant of memory into an age-related decline.
Volume 34, Issue 1
This issue highlights the work of Dr. John J. Feldhusen, the Robert B. Kane Distinguished Professor of Education Emeritus at Purdue University and emeritus director of Purdue University's Gifted Education Resource Institution. He won the Mensa Foundation'
Volume 33, Issue 2
These articles profile adolescents, particularly those who are gifted, and find that giftedness makes a difference in how people approach life. For teenagers exploring how to shape their personalities and live their lives, intelligence does not necessaril
Volume 33, Issue 1
This issue includes two articles devoted to international and intercultural research regarding gifted students from countries not previously represented in the MRJ: South Africa and Hungary. Other articles focus on cultural and linguistically diverse lear
Volume 32, Issue 3
Featured is the work of Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. K. Warner Schaie, who almost single-handedly developed the field of geropsychology.
Volume 32, Issue 2
Different aspects of gifted adulthood are studied, such as self-appraisal; life satisfaction and choices; and assessment of intelligence, abilities and knowledge.
Volume 1, Issue 45
In this issue, researchers examine various aspects and methods of intelligence testing.
Volume 1, Issue 44
Four articles examine the effects of learning disabilities on children, particularly gifted children, as they search for routes to achieving their potential.
Volume 1, Issue 42
This issue features award-winning articles with a focus on shortcomings in gifted education, particularly how public schools are neglecting whole populations of gifted students.
Volume 1, Issue 41
These seven articles summarize current research into giftedness and the concept of general intelligence, or "g."
Volume 1, Issue 40
Six articles explore the concepts of equity, equality and reform with respect to education.
Volume 1, Issue 39
This issue brings together current research on mentoring, intelligence, and career and vocational development.
Volume 1, Issue 38
Seven articles highlight recent research on anatomy and differences in cognitive processes.
Volume 1, Issue 37
Researchers try to describe and quantify the differences in the way males and females (especially gifted ones) think.
Volume 1, Issue 36
Five articles in this issue focus on education for the gifted and its relation to race and culture.
Volume 1, Issue 35
Four studies attempt to trace the development of intelligence from infancy to old age.
Volume 1, Issue 34
This issue examines gender differences among the gifted, particularly in relation to science, math and achievement.
Volume 1, Issue 33
This issue features Awards for Excellence in Research winners from the previous three years, particularly those winners dealing with gifted education.
Volume 1, Issue 32
Eight articles examine giftedness in relation to loneliness, unpopularity in school, suicide and psychotherapy.
Volume 1, Issue 31
Articles in this issue profile the work of Robert J. Sternberg and the impact of his triarchic theory of intelligence.
Volume 1, Issue 30
This issue analyzes intellectual functioning in older people as it relates to personality, health and formal education.
Volume 1, Issue 29
Four articles explore the broader measurements of intelligence, from success at the race track to the impact of metabolic rates.
Volume 1, Issue 28
Six articles profile the importance of mentors, from reading achievement to the handicapped gifted child.
Volume 1, Issue 27
The four articles in this issue focus on the work of Kazimierz Dabrowski, particularly his theory of positive disintegration.
Volume 1, Issue 26
This issue summarizes the proceedings from Colloquium IV, including presentations on ecology, science, engineering and resource allocation.
Volume 1, Issue 25
Four winners of the Mensa Foundation's Awards for Excellence in Research are included, covering topics such as creative thinking, precocious children and an acceleration program in Australia.
Volume 1, Issue 22
This issue summarizes the proceedings from Colloquium III, including presentations on literature, language, theatre, art and communication.
Volume 1, Issue 21
Included are six timely articles on the John Hopkins Program for Mathematically Precocious Youth, circa 1986.
Volume 1, Issue 20
This issue summarizes the proceedings from Colloquium II; it features nine articles on many facets of giftedness including education, parenting, business and linguistics.
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