From top universities across the country and around the world, the Awards for Excellence in Research winners represent the best and latest thinking in the pursuit of understanding and best using the human brain. The Mensa Foundation is proud to salute these researchers every year.
This year's winning papers examined perfectionism in mathematically gifted students, a 10-year follow-up of the profoundly gifted, unthinkable thoughts in the education of gifted students, co-cognitive traits and promoting social capital in the gifted, mathematically adept students with math-science aspirations, children's cognitive development in relation to low-income fathers, if gifted girls are motivationally disadvantaged, talent development in a low socioeconomic and/or African American population, and the talent development of American Physics Olympians.
This year's winning papers examined sex differences in mathematical reasoning ability, states of excellence, inductive reasoning and fluid intelligence, the factor structure of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, developing metacognitive sources of achievement, differentiating underachieving gifted students from high achieving gifted students, becoming an expert in the musical domain, Terman's gifted children and the theory of identity.
This year's winning papers examined competition and cooperative learning among the gifted, construct bias in the differential ability scales, emotional intelligence and traditional standards of intelligence, challenges and opportunities for gifted students, gifted student learning in the language arts, and the validity of assessing educational-vocational preferences among gifted students.