I love it when research confirms the obvious. Another nature/nurture brain study. Cognitive abilities suffer when we feel that we are being ranked, such as in the classroom or at work. The finding, from a team of researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech and four other institutions, flies in the face of long-held ideas about intelligence and cognition that regard IQ as a stable, predictive measure of mental horsepower. The social context is essential!.
Steven Quartz, professor of philosophy at Caltech and one of the authors of the new study, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, said, “This suggests that the idea of a division between social and cognitive processing in the brain is really pretty artificial. The two deeply interact with each other.”