Massachusetts Institute for Technology

MIT: MIT 9.00SC – Lecture 14

Lecture 14: Intelligence

How much is intelligence determined by our childhood environment vs. our genetics? Are there things we can do later in life to become more intelligent? What exactly is intelligence, anyway? This session explores the strengths and weaknesses of IQ testing, various models of intelligence, some underlying neural mechanisms, the influences of nature and nurture on intelligence, and perspectives on influences of race, effort, and practice.


  1. What is Intelligence?
  2. IQ Tests: Validity and Value
  3. Models of Intelligence and Underlying Neural Mechanisms
  4. Contributions from Nature and Nurture
  5. Racism, Acheivement Gaps, and the Stereotype Threat
  6. Interventions, Effort and Practice: Does Head Start Help?

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