Monthly Archives: June 2014

Social Consequences of Food Allergy

A recent study published in Pediatrics reported that over 30% of children with food allergies say they have been bullied about their allergies.  Previous studies have also found that having a food allergy puts a child at risk for bullying.  I’d like … Continue reading

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I was interviewed by Dan Peters for his Psychology Today blog

I decided to consolidate various blog posts here on Microscopes are Prudent, and I’d like to include a link to this blog post by Dr. Daniel Peters of Summit Center. Dr. Peters interviewed me on his From Worrier to Warrior … Continue reading

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What is IQ?

Sandeep Gautam wrote in “Why IQ is a Myth”:“To me, to be frank a score of 162 or whatever on a test means nothing, and I hardly care if the test is Cattels , WISC or stanford-binet. When a lay person sees … Continue reading

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DSM 5: Diagnosis Should Describe, Not Pathologize

I’ve been thinking about Dan Peters’s post about pathologizing the human condition. I understand and share his concerns about the influence of health insurance requirements on how people are diagnosed and how they can get help, but I think that’s actually a separate problem … Continue reading

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Gender bias in the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test

The Reading the Mind in the Eyes test (RME) was developed by Simon Baron-Cohen to test aspects of his extreme male brain theory of autism. Recently, it has become popular with researchers studying affective empathy and autism, and is now available online in … Continue reading

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Alert to Gifted Advocates: We Need to Change This Meme!

I just saw it retweeted: “If you’re 130 IQ you’re as different from the mean as if you were 70 IQ on the other side. #NAGC ” This sounds reasonable, right? Except for one problem: IQ scores are not measures … Continue reading

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Prodigy, pathology, and a review of The Einstein Syndrome

  Jacob Barnett of recent 60 Minutes fame, could have been a poster child for Thomas Sowell’s Einstein Syndrome. Although he is a math prodigy, Jacob did not talk until age two, and exhibits many of the characteristics Sowell identifies … Continue reading

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