Richard J. Haier

Richard J. Haier is an American psychologist best known for his work on the neural basis of human intelligence psychometrics, general intelligence, and sex and intelligence.

Richard J. Haier
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology, psychometrics
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Irvine

Haier is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Pediatric Neurology Division of the School of Medicine at University of California, Irvine. He has a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He is also the editor-in-chief of the journal Intelligence since 2016.[1]

In 1994, he was one of 52 signatories on "Mainstream Science on Intelligence," an editorial written by the American psychologist Linda Gottfredson and published in the Wall Street Journal, which summarized findings from intelligence research, especially as they related to issues raised in The Bell Curve.[2]

His work on the parieto-frontal integration theory (P-FIT) with Rex Jung examines the neuroanatomy of intelligence based on neuro-imaging research.

Selected bibliography


  • Haier, Richard J. (2016-12-28). The neuroscience of intelligence. New York, NY. ISBN 978-1107461437. OCLC 951742581.

Journal articles

  • Haier, RJ; White, NS; Alkire, MT (2003). "Individual differences in general intelligence correlate to brain function during non- reasoning tasks". Intelligence. 31 (5): 429–441. doi:10.1016/s0160-2896(03)00025-4.
  • Head, E; Lott, IT; Hof, PR; Su, JH; Kim, R; Haier, RJ; Cotman, CW (2003). "Parallel Compensatory and Pathological Events Associated with Tau Pathology in Middle Aged Individuals with Down Syndrome". Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. 62 (9): 917–926. doi:10.1093/jnen/62.9.917.
  • White, NS; Alkire, MT; Haier, RJ (2003). "A voxel-based morphometric study of non-demented adults with Down syndrome". NeuroImage. 20 (1): 393–403. doi:10.1016/s1053-8119(03)00273-8. PMID 14527599.
  • Haier, RJ; Alkire, MT; White, NS; Uncapher, M; Lott, IT; Head, E; Cotman, CW (2003). "Temporal cortex hyper-metabolism in Down syndrome prior to the onset of dementia". Neurology. 61 (12): 1673–1679. doi:10.1212/01.wnl.0000098935.36984.25.
  • Alkire, MT; White, NS; Hsieh, R; Haier, RJ (2004). "Functional MRI brain mapping of painful throbbing 5-Hz electrical stimulus intensity responses". Anesthesiology. 100 (4): 939–46. doi:10.1097/00000542-200404000-00026. PMID 15087631.


  1. "Closing the achievement gap the intelligent way". Times Higher Education (THE). 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  2. Gottfredson, Linda (December 13, 1994). Mainstream Science on Intelligence. Wall Street Journal, p A18.
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