Special Issue "A Century beyond Terman, 50 Years after Marland: Knowns and Unknowns about Cognitive Excellence"

A special issue of Journal of Intelligence (ISSN 2079-3200).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022 | Viewed by 388

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jakob Pietschnig
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Guest Editor
Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Interests: human intelligence; flynn effect; decline effects; dissemination bias
Prof. Dr. Tanja Gabriele Baudson
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Guest Editor
Department of Business and Media, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg, D-69126 Heidelberg, Germany
Interests: giftedness; assessment; stereotypes; identity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of individuals with exceptional cognitive abilities has proven seminal for our understanding of the development, the biological bases, and predictors of human intelligence. One century after Lewis Terman set out to collect the first data wave for his Genetic Studies of Genius, we have a better understanding about the causes, meaning, and nature of cognitive abilities than ever before. The Marland Report of 1972, which went beyond Terman's narrow IQ definition, initiated a debate about what giftedness actually is, which is still as vivid today as it was then.

The present Special Issue takes up the interplay of the definition of giftedness and the description of gifted individuals. Much remains to be learned, e.g., about how exceptional cognitive performers differ from other individuals. A broader understanding of giftedness beyond mere above-average scores in formalized tests (e.g., involving the interaction of abilities with environmental influences) and the development of novel intelligence models (e.g., the CHC model), as well as research methods (e.g., neuroimaging) provide new means to gain insight into the contribution of exceptional intelligence to life outcomes. Furthermore, the question of what it means to be gifted and how this view changes over time—both historically and over an individual's lifespan—deserves examination.

This Special Issue focuses on assembling knowns and unknowns about giftedness and aims to explore novel research questions that help disentangle stereotypes from actual characteristics of gifted samples.

Within this topical frame, we invite empirical submissions that focus on one or more of the following topics:

  • Group differences between gifted vs. non-gifted populations;
  • Predictors of exceptional cognitive abilities;
  • Perception of gifted individuals;
  • Cross-temporal changes in the perception of giftedness (both historically and ontogenetically);
  • Environmental influences on and their interactions with giftedness.

Dr. Jakob Pietschnig
Prof. Dr. Tanja Gabriele Baudson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • giftedness
  • exceptional cognitive abilities
  • group differences
  • intelligence stereotypes about giftedness

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Stereotypes of the gifted: The role of ingroup and outgroup bias
Authors: Sara Köser; Lena Schlumpberger; Tanja Gabriele Baudson
Affiliation: Fresenius University of Applied Science Heidelberg

Title: The flip side of the stereotype: People of average ability as seen by the gifted
Authors: Tanja Gabriele Baudson 1,2,3; J. Todorova 4; C. Rohen 3,5
Affiliation: 1 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Heidelberg, Germany; 2 Institute of Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE); 3 Mensa in Germany; 4 University of Münster, Germany 5 University of Bremen

Title: Alternativ: Personality of the gifted: Group differences between a high intelligence sample and the general population
Authors: Jonathan Fries; Jakob Pietschnig
Affiliation: Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria

Title: The dawn of the average
Authors: Kristof Kovacs; Szilvia Fodor
Affiliation: Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eotvos Lorand University

Title: New understandings of human performance on intelligence tests as a dynamic process
Authors: David Yun Dai 1; Ron Sun 2; Michelle Mayer 1
Affiliation: 1 University at Albany, State University of New York; 2 Rensselaer Polytechnique Institute

Title: How students with high cognitive abilities make use of early physics education
Authors: Markwalder; Nyffeler; Braas; Berkowitz; Elsbeth Stern
Affiliation: Chair of Learning and instruction, ETH Zürich

Title: Some knowns and unknowns about developing cognitive excellence: History, methods, policy, and politics
Authors: Jonathan Wai; Xinya Liang
Affiliation: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA

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