The Nordic Mensa fund awarded Martin Lövdén an “article of the year” award for the article “Education and Cognitive Functioning Across the Life Span” published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
The article provides a comprehensive state of the art review of the relationship between educational attainment and intelligence across the lifespan. It debunks a number of myths in the field and provides a novel theory of the effect of education on intelligence across the lifespan. In addition to academics, the article is also targeted to public audiences, which is extremely important.
Martin Lövdén received his PhD from Stockholm University in 2002. After a period as researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany, he was appointed full professor at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, in 2014. Since 2020 he is full professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Martin Lövdén does research in cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on studying how learning shapes cognitive performance, intelligence, and the brain during development over the lifespan.