Genetic Test Scores Predicting Intelligence Are Not the New Eugenics

Genetic Test Scores Predicting Intelligence Are Not the New Eugenics

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Paige Harden
Dr. Paige Harden is tenured professor of clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is the Principal Investigator of the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab and co-director of the Texas Twin Project. Dr. Harden has published over 100 scientific articles on genetic influences on complex human behavior, including child cognitive development, academic achievement, risk-taking, mental health, sexual activity, and childbearing. In 2017, she was honored with a prestigious national award from the American Psychological Association for her distinguished scientific contributions to the study of genetics and human individual differences. Dr. Harden’s research is supported by a Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship, the Templeton Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. She is a Public Voices Fellow with the Op-Ed Project.
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Today’s podcast guest is Rosalind Picard, a researcher, inventor named on over 100 patents, entrepreneur, author, professor and engineer. When it comes to the science related to endowing computer software with emotional intelligence, she wrote the book. It’s published by MIT Press and called Affective Computing.

Dr. Picard is founder and director of the MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Research Group. Her research and engineering contributions have been recognized internationally. For example, she received the 2022 International Lombardy Prize for Computer Science Research, considered by many to be the Nobel prize in computer science.

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Matt Fuchs
Matt Fuchs is the host of the Making Sense of Science podcast and served previously as the editor-in-chief of Leaps.org. He writes as a contributor to the Washington Post, and his articles have also appeared in the New York Times, WIRED, Nautilus Magazine, Fortune Magazine and TIME Magazine. Follow him @fuchswriter.
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Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts is a health and science writer based in Chicago.