Saturday, November 04, 2006

Blogging good for the brain - ideaphoria or Glr enhancement?


I enjoy blogging for the heck of it. Now, over at the Eide Neurolearning Blog, they have advanced the hypothesis that blogging may be good for cognitive development and the brain. I hope this is true. It is an interesting hypotheses.

Idealawg picked up on this post and discusses the idea of ideaphoria....that is, bloggers get high on the flow of ideas required by, and the result of, blogging. Although ideaphoria is a neat popular sounding term, folks may want to ground these interesting speculations in the most empirically established psychometric theory of intelligence (CHC Theory of Cognitive Abilities).

According to CHC theory, under the broad domain of Glr (long-term storage and retrieval) lies a number of narrow cognitive fluency abilities (e.g., Ideational Fluency, Expressional Fluency, Associational Fluency, etc.). So.....if blogging enhances certain cognitive abilities (which is an empirical question requiring research), a place to look may be under the CHC domain of Glr.

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1 comment:

Stephanie West Allen said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog, Kevin. That link did not work for me. The test for ideaphoria comes from the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation. They have several labs around the US and have been testing since the early 1900s. The same assessment for ideaphoria is used by AIMS and Highlands Ability Battery, although Highlands calls it idea productivity instead of ideaphoria. The validity and reliability have been well-researched and proven over the many decades in the labs. Ideaphoria has nothing to do with IQ.