Rocket scientists and brain surgeons aren’t necessarily any smarter than the general population, a new U.K. study has found, challenging long-held assumptions about these professions.
The phrases “it’s not rocket science” and “it’s not brain surgery” are often used to describe tasks that are easily performed, in comparison to the high-level intelligence required to do those jobs.
However, a study published Monday in the BMJ sought to finally put to rest the argument as to whether rocket scientists or brain engineers are smarter.
It asked participants in the study to complete the “Great British Intelligence Test” by artificial intelligence platform Cognitron, seeing how both sets of professionals fared across aspects of cognition, which spanned planning and reasoning, working memory, attention, and emotion-processing abilities.
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SOURCE: CNBC, Vicky McKeever