Dr. Lee Pierson
Dr. Lee Pierson holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Cornell
University, and presents seminars on Focused Thinking and other
topics to a variety of clients in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Pierson has helped students of every kind, from junior high
schoolers to corporate executives to retirees, to hone their thinking
skills. He is Director of the Thinking Skills Institute of Fairleigh
Dickinson University New College of General and Continuing Studies.
Going Beyond the "Bell Curve":
Making the Most of Your Thinking Ability with Focused Thinking
Why do we use only a fraction of our thinking abilities and what
can we do to use more? Not surprisingly, studies have found that
intelligence (even as measured crudely by IQ) is a major determinant
of job and school performance, especially in more complex jobs.
But it is activated intelligence that directly impacts performance,
not mere potential, and focused thinking (sufficient thinking
about the key issues of a situation to resolve them satisfactorily)
is required for activating intelligence optimally. Focused thinking
is not achieved by simply trying harder. This lecture will show
you when and how to refocus your thinking (identify and bridge
important gaps in it) so that you can stay focused and develop
the mental flexibility and toughness required for unlocking more
of your thinking potential whenever you need it: at school, on
the job, and elsewhere.
Reading Your Own Mind: How to Think About Your Thinking
This lecture will explicate introspection and its crucial role
in optimal mental functioning. It will include a brief history
of introspection in psychology, what introspection is and what
it is for, types and techniques of introspection (including monitoring,
"introspection lite"), introspection and automatization as complementary
processes, and the value of introspection as illustrated in Atlas