2017-12-15 17:13:06  每日学英语

1. You're not easily distracted



Frank Zhu says "people who can focus for long stretches at a time and tune out distractions" are highly intelligent. As evidence, he points to a 2013 paper published in the journal Current Biology.


The paper describes two small studies that found people with higher scores on an IQ test were slower to recognize large background movements in an image. That's likely because they focus on the most important information and filter out the rest.


distracted /d?'strækt?d/ adj. 心烦意乱的;思想不集中的

intelligent /?n'tel?d?(?)nt/ adj. 智能的;聪明的

evidence /'ev?d(?)ns/ n. 证据,证明

publish /'p?bl??/ v. 出版;发表

describe /d?'skra?b/ v. 描述,形容

recognize /'rek?gna?z/ v. 认出,识别

image /'?m?d?/ n. 影像;想象

filter /'f?lt?/ v. 过滤;渗入

2. You're a night owl



The smarter you are, the more you're inclined to stay up into the wee hours of the morning, according to research.


One study, published in 2009 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, looked at the link between childhood IQ and sleep habits among thousands of young adults. Sure enough, smarter individuals said they stayed up later and woke up later on both weekdays and weekends.


owl /a?l/ n. 猫头鹰

inclined /?n'kla?nd/ adj. 趋向于…的

personality /p?: s?'næl?t?/ n. 个性;品格

individual /??nd??v?d???l/ n. 个人,个体

childhood /'t?a?ldh?d/ n. 童年时期;幼年时代

3. You're highly adaptable



Several Quora users noted that intelligent people are flexible and able to thrive in different settings. As Donna F Hammett writes, intelligent people adapt by "showing what can be done regardless of the complications or restrictions placed upon them".


Recent psychological research supports this idea. Intelligence depends on being able to change your own behaviors in order to cope more effectively with your environment, or make changes to the environment you're in.


adaptable /?'dæpt?b(?)l/ adj. 适合的;能适应的

flexible /'fleks?b(?)l/ adj. 灵活的;柔韧的

thrive /θra?v/ v. 茁壮成长

regardless /r?'gα: dl?s/ adv. 不顾后果地;不管怎样

complication /k?mpl?'ke??(?)n/ n. 并发症;复杂

restriction /r?'str?k?(?)n/ n. 限制;约束

psychological /sa?k?'l?d??k(?)l/ adj. 心理的;心理学的

support /s?'p?: t/ v. 支持,支撑

cope ... with... /k??p/ 应付,处理

effectively /?'fekt?vl?/ adv. 有效地

4. You understand how much you don't know



The smartest folks are able to admit when they aren't familiar with a particular concept. As Jim Winer writes, intelligent people "are not afraid to say: 'I don't know.' If they don't know it, they can learn it".


Winer's observation is backed up by a classic study by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, which found that the less intelligent you are, the more you overestimate your cognitive abilities.


In one experiment, for example, students who'd scored in the lowest quartile on a test adapted from the LSAT overestimated the number of questions they'd gotten right by nearly 50 percent. Meanwhile, those who'd scored in the top quartile slightly underestimated how many questions they'd gotten right.



familiar /f?'m?l??/ adj. 熟悉的

particular /p??t?kj?l?(r)/ adj. 特别的;详细的

concept /'k?nsept/ n. 观念,概念

observation /?bz?'ve??(?)n/ n. 观察;监视

overestimate /??v?r'est?me?t/ v. 对……评估过高

cognitive /'k?gn?t?v/ adj. 认知的,认识的

experiment /?k'sper?m(?)nt/ n. 实验,试验

quartile /'kw?: ta?l/ n. 四分位数;四分点

underestimate /?nd?r'est?me?t/ v. 低估;看轻

5. You have insatiable curiosity



Albert Einstein reportedly said, "I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious."


Or, as Keyzurbur Alas puts it, "intelligent people let themselves become fascinated by things others take for granted."


A study published in 2016, in the Journal of Individual Differences, suggests that there's a link between childhood intelligence and openness to experience — which encompasses intellectual curiosity — in adulthood.


Scientists followed thousands of people born in the UK for 50 years and learned that 11-year-olds who'd scored higher on an IQ test turned out to be more open to experience at 50.



insatiable /?n'se???b(?)l/ adj. 贪得无厌的;不知足的

curiosity /kj??r?'?s?t?/ n. 好奇,好奇心

passionately /?pæ??n?tli/ adv. 热情地;强烈地

fascinated /'fæs?ne?t?d/ adj. 着迷的;被深深吸引的

openness /'??p?nn?s/ n. 公开;开放

encompass /?n'k?mp?s/ v. 包含;包围

intellectual /,?nt?'lekt???l/ adj. 智力的;聪明的

6. You're open-minded



Smart people don't close themselves off to new ideas or opportunities.


Hammett writes that intelligent people are "willing to accept and consider other views with value and broad-mindedness," and that they are "open to alternative solutions".


opportunity /??p??tju:n?t?/ n. 时机,机会

alternative /?: l't?: n?t?v/ adj. 供选择的;选择性的

solution /s?'lu: ?(?)n/ n. 解决方案


Psychologists say that open-minded people — those who seek out alternate viewpoints and weigh the evidence fairly — tend to score higher on the SAT and on intelligence tests.


At the same time, smart people are careful about which ideas and perspectives they adopt.


"An intelligent mind has a strong aversion to accepting things on face value and therefore withholds belief until presented with ample evidence," says Alas.


psychologist /sa?'k?l?d??st/ n. 心理学家,心理学者

evidence /'ev?d(?)ns/ n. 证据,证明

perspective /p?'spekt?v/ n. 观点;远景

aversion /?'v?: ?(?)n/ n. 厌恶;讨厌的人

withhold /w?ð'h??ld/ vt. 保留;隐瞒

ample /'æmp(?)l/ adj. 丰富的;足够的

7. You like your own company



Dipankar Trehan points out that highly intelligent people tend to be "veryindividualistic".


Interestingly, recent research from the British Journal of Psychology suggests that smarter people tend to derive less satisfaction than most people do from socialising with friends.


company /'k?mp(?)n?/ n. 公司;陪伴

individualistic /,?nd?v?dj??'l?st?k/ adj. 个人主义的

derive /d?'ra?v/ v. 源于;得自

satisfaction /sæt?s'fæk?(?)n/ n. 满意,满足

socialise /'s????la?z/ v. 使社会化

8. You have high self-control



Zoher Ali writes that smart people are able to overcome impulsiveness by "planning, clarifying goals, exploring alternative strategies and considering consequences before [they] begin."


Scientists have found a link between self-control and intelligence. In one 2009 study, published in the journal Psychological Science, participants had to choose between two financial rewards: a smaller payout immediately or a larger payout at a later date.


overcome /??v?'k?m/ v. 克服;胜过

impulsiveness /?m'p?ls?vn?s/ n. 冲动

clarify /'klær?fa?/ v. 澄清;阐明

strategy /?stræt?d??/ n. 战略,策略

consequence /'k?ns?kw(?)ns/ n. 结果;重要性

participant /pα: 't?s?p(?)nt/ n. 参与者;关系者

financial /fa?'næn?(?)l/ adj. 金融的;财政的

immediately /?'mi: d??tl?/ adv. 立即,立刻

payout /'pe?a?t/ n. 支出;花费


Results showed that participants who chose the larger payout at a later date — i.e., those who had more self-control — generally scored higher on intelligence tests.


The researchers behind that study say that one area of the brain — the anterior prefrontal cortex — might play a role in helping people solve tough problems and demonstrate self-control while working toward goals.


anterior /æn't??r??/ adj. 前面的;先前的

prefrontal /pri: 'fr?nt(?)l/ adj. 前额的;额叶前部的

cortex /'k?: teks/ n. 皮质

tough /t?f/ adj. 艰苦的,困难的

demonstrate /'dem?nstre?t/ vt. 证明;展示

9. You're really funny



Advita Bihani points out that highly intelligent people tend to have a great sense of humor.


University of New Mexico scientists agree. One study they conducted found that people who wrote funnier cartoon captions scored higher on measures of verbal intelligence. Another study they ran found that professional comedians scored higher than average on measures of verbal intelligence.


cartoon /kα: 'tu: n/ n. 卡通片;漫画

caption /'kæp?(?)n/ n. 标题;字幕

verbal /'v?: b(?)l/ adj. 口头的;言语的

comedian /k?'mi: d??n/ n. 喜剧演员

10. You're sensitive to other people's experiences



Smart people can "almost feel what someone is thinking/feeling," says one Quora user.

“高智商的人几乎可以感受到他人的想法和感觉。” 一位Quora用户说。

Some psychologists argue that empathy, being attuned to the needs and feelings of others and acting in a way that is sensitive to those needs, is a core component of emotional intelligence.


Emotionally-intelligent individuals are typically very interested in talking to new people and learning more about them.


sensitive /'sens?t?v/ adj. 敏感的;感觉的

empathy /'emp?θ?/ n. 同感;共鸣

attuned /?'tund/ adj. 理解的

component /k?m'p??n?nt/ adj. 组成的,构成的

typically /'t?p?k?l?/ adv. 代表性地

11. You can connect seemingly unrelated concepts



Several Quora users suggested that smart people are able to see patterns where others can't. That's because they can draw parallels between seemingly disparate ideas.


As April Astoria notes: "You think there's no relation between sashimi and watermelon? You'd be wrong. Both are typically eaten raw and cold."


Interestingly, journalist Charles Duhigg argues that making these kinds of connections is a hallmark of creativity (which can be closely linked to intelligence). Duhigg studied the process through which Disney developed their hit movie Frozen and concluded that the movie only seems clever and original because it "takes old ideas and pushes them together in new ways".



pattern /'pæt(?)n/ n. 模式;图案

parallel /'pær?lel/ n. 平行线;相通之处

disparate /'d?sp(?)r?t/ adj. 不同的;不相干的

sashimi /'sæ??m?/ n. 生鱼片

hallmark /'h?: lmα: k/ n. 特点;标志

creativity /,kri:e?'t?v?t?/ n. 创造力;创造性

conclude /k?n'klu: d/ v. 推断;决定,作结论

original /?'r?d??n(?)l/ adj. 原始的;新颖的

12. You procrastinate a lot



Mahesh Garkoti says smart people are likely to procrastinate on quotidian tasks, mainly because they're working on things that are more important.


That's an interesting proposition — but some scientists would say that smart people procrastinate even on work they find meaningful. Wharton psychologist Adam Grant suggests that procrastination is key to innovation, and that Steve Jobs used it strategically.


As Grant told Business Insider, "The time Steve Jobs was putting things off and noodling on possibilities was time well spent in letting more divergent ideas come to the table, as opposed to diving right in with the most conventional, the most obvious, the most familiar."



procrastinate /pr?(?)'kræst?ne?t/ v. 耽搁,延迟

quotidian /kw?'t?d??n/ adj. 每日的;平凡的

proposition /pr?p?'z??(?)n/ n. 命题;提议

innovation /??n??ve??n/ n. 创新,革新

divergent /da?'v?: d?(?)nt/ adj. 相异的,分歧的

conventional /k?n'ven?(?)n(?)l/ adj. 符合习俗的,传统的

13. You contemplate the big questions



According to Ram Kumar, intelligent individuals "wonder a lot about [the] universe and meaning of life." What's more, Kumar writes, "they always [ask] what's the point of everything?"


That existential confusion may be one reason why smart people are more likely to be anxious. As David Wilson reported in Slate, intelligent people may be better equipped to consider situations from a range of angles, meaning they're always aware of the possibility that things will go awry.


Perhaps their anxiety also stems from the fact that they consider a given experience and wonder: Why bother going through it in the first place?


contemplate /'k?ntemple?t/ v. 沉思;思忖

wonder /'w?nd?/ v. 怀疑;想知道

existential /,egz?'sten?(?)l/ adj. 存在主义的;有关存在的

confusion /k?n'fju: ?(?)n/ n. 混乱;困惑

angle /'æ?g(?)l/ n. 角度,方面

awry /?'ra?/ adj. 错误的


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