Cognitive Science, Yale
Is it you? Yay! Time for a big smile, a heartfelt hug with your spouse or co-star, and a fast-paced walk to the stage. This is your moment!
But, the odds are against you, as there are more nominees than awardees. So they do not call your name. Rather, you hear somebody else’s name. They call that untalented actor who was in that terribly boring movie. Ah, the horror! If only anyone else had won! Anyone but him/her! You can feel the frustration, the indignation, the anger! But these thoughts are interrupted when you notice that the cameraman is focusing his camera in your direction. What do you do? Do you show this frustration, for example, by dropping an f-bomb or rolling your eyes? You could, but that is not a good idea for live television. You would be ridiculed in every morning show. Your PR team would be very upset. So, you would have to regulate that emotional expression. You might want to keep a steady face. You might try to make a funny gesture. Does it work? Can people tell?
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When they see people with average or even below-average IQ scores who achieve amazing intellectual feats in life, researchers who equate IQ with intelligence will say, “Oh, look what they’ve achieved despite their low intelligence.” That’s an absurd statement. What these people have done is achieved extraordinary intellectual feats through a whole range of other personal characteristics. The kind of things they measure on IQ tests just weren’t important for them to achieve their personal goals.
Physics, University of Oxford