Q&A: Researcher Finds That Women Have Higher IQs Than Men

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We often hear that the modern world—what with television, the Internet, and technology in general—is making us dumber. But according to IQ researcher and University of Otago Professor James Flynn, author of the book Are We Getting Smarter?, people in the developing world have actually gained 30 IQ points over the past century. That doesn’t mean we’re all geniuses now. Flynn says the modern mind is better able to deal with abstract problems, however. His results have been particularly resonant on the subject of gender. Flynn argues that, for the first time, women are scoring higher on IQ tests than men. Bloomberg Businessweek caught up with Flynn to discuss the new gender gap.

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