Videos Related to the Research Studies in the Book

The book¬† “Personal Intelligence” covers a number of research studies across its Introduction and eight chapters. A few of those studies involve images, videos, and other related material that are available on the web. In addition, some educators and psychologists have developed brief educational talks relevant to some of the topics I’ve covered. I’ve provided links to some of the materials below, organized chapter by chapter.

  • More on Correlation. Personality psychologists often study the relationships between two variables.¬† For example, in the 1920s, educators of the Character Education Inquiry began studying a students honesty across two different educational situations. These relationships can be visualized as a scatterplot between the two variables–on which the levels of one variable (e.g., honesty in one situation) is correlated with another variable (e.g., honestly in a second situation). The correlation represents the relationship between the two variables, as illustrated in this brief instructional video.
Chapter 2: Finding Clues
  • Recognizing Personality Traits in Faces. To see Penton-Voak’s pictures of composite faces of personalities, you can look at pages 622 and 623 of this PDF of his article to see those I describe in Chapter 2 (last I checked, the images took a long time to load, 5-10 min., even with broadband).
Chapter 6: Developing Personal Intelligence
  • Infants Perceiving Personality Relationships. Thomsen and colleague’s showed a cartoon video to infants to test the idea that five-month-olds recognized that big and mighty individuals dominate smaller ones. You can see the video here at the Science Magazine news website. You may need to scroll down the page a bit to find the video.
  • Measuring “Mind-Reading.” Rebecca Saxe’s TED talk on “How We Read Each Others’ Minds.” This video includes an example of the false belief task (using pirate puppets), and an extension of it to moral reasoning, and finally, a rather mind-blowing demonstration of transcranial magnetic stimulation and how it can interfere with moral judgment. (This last part may not have much to do with personal intelligence per se, but it sure is worth seeing, and enhances our understanding of the brain-mind connection).
Chapter 7: Personal Intelligence in Adulthood
  • Time Perspectives. The eminent Stanford psychologist Phil Zimbardo discusses the importance of time perspective in life, drawing on his own personal experiences, in this TED talk. A longer form video is found here.
  • Grit. Angela Duckworth talks at TED about Grit.