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Spatial Creativity

July 3, 2014

“Nearly a century ago, a talent search conducted by Lewis Terman used the highly verbal Stanford-Binet [test] in an attempt to discover the brightest kids in California. This test identified a boy named Richard Nixon who would eventually become the U.S. president, but two others would miss the cut likely because the Stanford-Binet did not include a spatial test: William Shockley and Luis Alvarez, who would go on to become famous physicists and win the Nobel Prize.”

“Of those students in the top 1 percent of spatial talent, roughly 70 percent were not in the top 1 percent in either math or verbal talent—showing a large fraction of students having the high spatial but lower math/verbal profile.”

Thanks, KQED.org!

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