We talked about creativity and intelligence. Creativity is defined as novel and having utility. Both are subjective. For testing purposes novel is considered novel to others. Others being the board judges. And utility is within social context. The board of judges assess the subjects answers to various tests and comes up a number value for creativity. Also, no one is considered uncreative and it is relative. Intelligence is mostly assessed by IQ tests. IQ tests can be highly predictive considered very accurate in industrial societies for things like income level, job, social status, etc. IQ is said to be stable as early as age 8 with a deviation of 10-20 points later in life. Teen years can cause weird results on IQ tests. This is possibly due to lots of changes in the brain at that age. Also we talked about genius. genius is talked about a lot, but rarely studied because of rarity and problems identifying. IQ test genius are easier to find, but people like Einstein are extremely rare. Also not all genius are agreed upon. For these reasons things like functional MRI's have never been done on a genius. We do have Einstein's brain and it has been studied with some interesting finds. We also talked about some different types of measurements we take. Like how fractional anisotropy works by following the diffusion of water. Most of our techniques are not as good as we would like. We also talked about some of the problems with our techniques used. Finally, we talked about how possibly less myelination in some areas could be help with creativity. Rex believes that creativity is possibly more "trainable" and intelligence is more hard-wired.
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