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  1. Hmm. This test is a measure of one’s “number sense”. I don’t see that they claim anywhere that it is related to your mathematical IQ.

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  2. @ihtg – well, i’m sure my math iq is not very high, either. but i dunno. haven’t taken a proper iq test since i was a kid — and no one in my family remembers how i scored back then (*facepalm*).

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  3. @aoirthoir – “Cuz all girls do.”

    mostly. i’d say the vast, vast, vast majority of girls do — but there’s prolly a handful that don’t. i’m not one of them, tho! (^_^)

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  4. On the topic of girls and math, in my experience, there are fewer females than males at the very top of the math performance distribution, but there are definitely some there and as you move toward more average math ability, the ratios become pretty similar.

    In bell curve terms, I wouldn’t be surprised if the peaks of the two distributions were shifted relative to one another slightly and I definitely think that the male bell curve is flatter than its female counterpart, but there is a pretty vast overlap. I think that only if you look at the tails will you notice anything of significance.

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  5. @r.a. – better accuracy than me but, what the heck — were you fully awake when you took the test? (~_^)

    who are these people with a response time of 700 ms or better? or — heh — might the speed of one’s internet connection matter here?

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  6. I was pretty nonchalant about responding, but my computer certainly could have contributed. It’s a bit old and I run my browser with too many tabs open, so after the first round, the browser actually stalled and I had to wait a while before I could go on to do the second round of the test. So it seems well within the realm of possibility that slow processing from my computer affected my response time.

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  7. @r.a. – “So it seems well within the realm of possibility that slow processing from my computer affected my response time.”

    hope they’re taking such technical things into account in their little study there.

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  8. “hope they’re taking such technical things into account in their little study there.”

    I doubt they are. The only question that I remember relating to my computer was what laptop type I had. For the most part, I’m guessing that they assume that everyone’s machine can handle a not particularly system-taxing test. If my system’s slow responses affected my results, it’s probably not something taken into account.

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