The Institute of Human Development and Social Change at New York University will host a lecture by James Flynn, one of the world’s foremost experts on intelligence, on Thursday, November 29 at 12:00 noon. The lecture will take place on the 2nd floor of the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street. Flynn, professor emeritus at the University of Otago, New Zealand, is the author of What is Intelligence? Beyond the Flynn Effect, which provides insight into the phenomenon known as the “Flynn Effect,” the massive gains in IQ witnessed in the developed world over the course of the 20th century.

Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Tim Farrell, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6797 or

NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change is directed by Cybele Raver, professor of applied psychology at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

  • WHAT: Lecture hosted by NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change
  • WHO: James Flynn, professor emeritus, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • WHEN: Thursday, November 29, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd floor

The mission of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change is to stimulate research on children, youth, and families in the context of a rapidly changing social world. The Institute aims to break new intellectual ground through its support for rigorous, interdisciplinary research and training across social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Institute priorities include research on basic change processes in human development, and how these processes are affected by social, economic, historical, political, cultural, and physical contexts. The Institute also focuses on research that informs educational, health, and social policies and other intentional change strategies. The Institute brings together over 40 faculty members from across multiple units within New York University, including the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, Human Development, The Wagner School of Public Service, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In addition, the Institute actively promotes interdisciplinary undergraduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral research training.

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