Looking for a few good 145+ I.Q. individuals

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Cross-posted from Discover

My friend Steve Hsu gave a talk at Google today. Here are the details:

I’ll be giving a talk at Google tomorrow (Thursday August 18) at 5 pm. The slides are here. The video will probably be available on Google’s TechTalk channel on YouTube.

The Cognitive Genomics Lab at BGI is using this talk to kick off the drive for US participants in our intelligence GWAS. More information at www.cog-genomics.org, including automatic qualifying standards for the study, which are set just above +3 SD. Participants will receive free genotyping and help with interpreting the results. (The functional part of the site should be live after August 18.)

Title: Genetics and Intelligence

Abstract: How do genes affect cognitive ability? I begin with a brief review of psychometric measurements of intelligence, introducing the idea of a “general factor” or IQ score. The main results concern the stability, validity (predictive power), and heritability of adult IQ. Next, I discuss ongoing Genome Wide Association Studies which investigate the genetic basis of intelligence. Due mainly to the rapidly decreasing cost of sequencing, it is likely that within the next 5-10 years we will identify genes which account for a significant fraction of total IQ variation.

We are currently seeking volunteers for a study of high cognitive ability. Participants will receive free genotyping.

From what I recall of my discussion with Steve the aim here is to fish in the extreme tail of the distribution to see if that allows for an easier catchment of I.Q. upward incrementing alleles. 3 standard deviations above the mean I.Q. is about 1 out of 750 individuals or so.


  1. Looks like the Privacy Statement is a nearly word-for-word copy of 23andMe’s Privacy Statement. (Disclosure: I helped rewrite 23andMe’s Consent Form & Privacy Statement as part of their successful IRB application.)

  2. We did in fact use 23andMe’s privacy policy as a model, “commenting out” portions not applicable to our own work and amending other portions as necessary.

  3. I want to participate in your study. What should I do?

  4. Eduardo, They have a page up at cog-genomics.org

  5. I hope it’s not too late to help. My IQ is 152, if that’s up there enough, but I’m only 15. You said you need adults, either way I’m glad to help. Another thing; I have HFA, if that’d be a problem.

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