Perceived intelligence

Newsweek has an interview with Adrian Furnham, a professor of psychology at University College London who studies “‘perceived intelligence,’ essentially how smart people think they are.” In a review of over 30 international studies, Furnham discovered, somewhat unsurprisingly, “that women, across the world, tend to underplay their intelligence, while men overstate it.” More interesting are the ways in which men and women rate the intelligence of their family members:

Do women tend to think that men are smarter than they are?
Surprisingly, [both] men and women perceive men being smarter across generations. Both sexes believe that their fathers are smarter than their mothers and grandfathers are more intelligent than their grandmothers.

What about the kids?
If there are children, [both] men and women think their sons are brighter than their daughters.


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