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Political Psychology Review

  • Submitted by: Chocolateisi
  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 2,070 words

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For the article review assignment, I read “Presidential IQ, Openness, Intellectual Brilliance, and Leadership: Estimates and Correlations for 42 U.S. Chief Executives,” by Dean Keith Simonton. The source that it was found it was Political Psychology, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Aug., 2006), pp. 511-526 and published by: International Society of Political Psychology. It was an informative article in which I learned quite a bit. In this paper, I will discuss the article’s central theme, the problems in society that may have prompted Simonton to conduct such a study and write the article, the data that Simonton uses, and whether or not I agree with Simonton’s arguments.
Simonton’s study, albeit (in my opinion) a questionable one, was very interesting. I believe that the article’s central theme was made clear in the title; he wanted to shed light on “Presidential IQ, Openness, Intellectual Brilliance, and Leadership” on 42 U.S Presidents, for those whom are interested. He conducted a study in which, he estimated the IQs of 42 previous U.S. Presidents, calculated their openness to experience, intellectual brilliance and leadership. Even more important than this though, I believe Simonton wanted to enable to general public to “humanize” their former presidents. I use the term “humanize” because many people seem to forget the fact that presidents are humans just like everyone else. At times, they seem to be larger than life. I think that doing this study helps people realize the “human element” of the presidency. Undoubtedly, U.S. Presidents have fame and (arguably) fortune or wealth (depending on any given individual’s definition of the word). At the end of the day, however, every person on this planet can be tested for their IQ, Openness to Experience, Intellectual Brilliance, and Leadership just like these presidents were. These conclusions were based off of very human elements: intelligence, wisdom, inventiveness, curiousity, insightfulness, etc. Every human...

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