Thursday, November 13, 2008

Malaysian Mensa Forum On Intelligence

Malaysian Mensa Society would be organizing its Forum On Intelligence on 22nd November 2008 with Sunway University College.

The details are as follow:-

Research on Memory and Intelligence
What We Know and What We Are Not Doing!

Jointly Organized by
Malaysian Mensa Society
Department of Psychology
School of Health & Natural Sciences
Sunway University College

22nd November 2008
Auditorium 2, Sunway University College
No 5, Jalan Universiti
Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya

Cost (inclusive of tea break & lunch):
RM30 – Mensa Members
RM30 – Sunway University College Staff & Students
RM50 – Other members of the public

To Register, contact:-
Yeoh Chen Chow
Asst. Secretary, Malaysian Mensa
Tel: 019-6888666

Ms. Jeannie Lam
Sunway University College
Tel: 03-74918622 Ext 3130

Please furnish this info when register with us.

Email Address:-
Phone Number:-
If Mensa member, Membership Number:-
If Sunway Staff/Student, ID Number:-

Time Table

Time Topic Speakers
9 am Registration
9.30 Opening Speech
9.35 Presentation 1 –“Does knowing who you are make you intelligent?” by Cheong Sau Kuan

What is intelligence, how do you know you are intelligent? What role does memory play in intelligence? Where do we draw the line? Is intelligence such an abstract concept that simply knowing where you stand makes you wise and intelligent? These are some of the questions addressed in this presentation.

10.30 am Morning Tea
11 am Presentation 2 – “Indiana Jones and the Secret of Crystalised Intelligence!” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Teoh Hsien-Jin

How does Indiana Jones do what he does? Where are the boundaries between intelligence, perseverance and success. This talk draws on the lessons learnt from the Indiana Jones movies to re-examine the links between intelligence as a natural and learnt ability.

12 noon Discussion Panel
Should brilliant people lead our society?
Moderator: To be confirmed

Assoc Prof Dr Teoh Hsien-Jin
Cheong Sau Kuan
Elaine Yong

1 pm Lunch and MENSA Testing (RM45 only for the Mensa Test)

2 pm Presentation 3: Lessons from Memory and Intelligence Research: Does today’s education really care about what we know and can do? by Elaine Yong

What are scientific and social lessons of memory and intelligence telling us? Are these lessons appreciated, and why might we be limiting, rather than maximizing our intellectual abilities. These issues are explored in this lecture, with a special emphasis on where we might be heading as an education system.

3:00 pm Closing Ceremony

Speakers Profiles

Cheong Sau Kuan is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her undergraduate and post-graduate training in Clinical Psychology at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has practiced at the Health Psychology Clinic, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and also at the Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her clinical interests include autism, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and non-compliance. During the course of her work, she has also spent time developing curriculums for pre-school children, and social skill training programmes for primary school children. Amongst her teaching responsibilities are guiding students in the areas of cognition and perception. She is currently a lecturer at the Dept of Psychology, Sunway University College.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Teoh Hsien-Jin is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who trained at Keele University UK, University of New South Wales and the University of Western Australia. In contributing to the mental health of Malaysians, he has carried out projects with the Ministry of Health, Youth and Sports and Womens and Family Affairs. Academically, he was previously responsible for the Masters of Clinical Psychology course at the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and he is currently the Head of Psychology, School of Health and Natural Sciences, Sunway University College. In terms of research, Prof Teoh has carried out and supervised research related to memory, handedness, mental health issues, headaches, weight loss, and children’s issues. He also teaches courses in the field of Neuropsychology, Cognition and Perception.

Elaine Yong is a Developmental Psychologist who obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology and Developmental Psychology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her clinical work has been carried out in University Malaya Medical Centre. Her areas of research interest include adult patient care-givers coping strategies, learning and teaching strategies in kindergartens, and parents coping with children with physical illness. In her professional career, she has also spent time working in a training capacity with financial institutions and also with kindergartens.

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