Friday, April 13, 2012

Does "Worrying" mean you are more intelligent?

Go to the following link and read the article:

After reading the article, post the following :
1.  Write your name
2.  Summarize what the article was about.
3.  How did scientists set up this experiment to get the results they did?
4.  What were their findings?

Up to 3 bonus points are available if you complete this assignment.  The amount of points awarded will be determined by evidence of your efforts.  Good Luck!


  1. A recent study shows that people who worry may be intelligent. Dr. Coplan says that, in some situations, people who worry may back away, while others may take the risk. This means that people who worry have a higher benefit of keeping a species alive, since they will have a higher survival rate. Scientists set up an experiment by gathering people to be in the control group(18 people) and the group that had generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD(26 people). It is said that the correlation between IQ and worry was significant in both groups. The former had a positive correlation and the latter had a negative correlation.

    -Rosh Bharthi

  2. Recent studies at SUNY Downstate Medical Center show that worrying may have been a beneficial trait that evolved along with intelligence. For example, many people with high IQ's may worry more about taking risks or succeeding. Tests were conducted by taking a control group and comparing them to a group with GAD, an anxiety disorder. Results were clear, greater intelligence was linked with worrying in the test subjects. But, worrying was involved with high and considerably low intelligence. Average intelligence did not show much worrying. So therefore, worrying can be a beneficial trait by causing people to not take risks, increasing survival.

    -John Dukewich

  3. At SUNY Downstate Medical Center, studies have shown the worrying could co-evolve with intelligence. There were two groups in the experiment. One was a control group, while the other was a group of patients with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). Both groups contained people with high IQ, but the difference between the groups was that the control group had a low amount of worry, while the other (GAD group) had a high amount of worry. The ending results of the tests were that greater intelligence actually does co-evolve with intelligence. In previous studies, it was stated that people with average intelligence show little signs of worry, while people with high and low intelligence show a great amount of worry. The explanation for the amount of anxiety is that people with higher and lower intelligence worry more because they both want to succeed. Worrying had always been seen as a negative trait and intelligence as a positive. Actually, both are positive. For example, worrying may make people to avoid risky situations. This then causes people to make no chances at all, which then makes the survival rate of these people greater. So that is how we can benefit from worrying and how it can be a positive trait just as intelligence.

  4. - Kellie O'Toole

    (for the previous comment)