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CBC TV’s “Test the Nation” IQ Test Designed by Trent Professor & Students
March 3, 2007

Prof. Parker to Appear Live When “Test the Nation” Airs March 18

Trent University’s psychology professor and associate vice president of research Dr. James Parker led the team who developed the IQ tests for use in this Sunday’s two-hour national special event on CBC Television called “Test the Nation”.

Touted as the biggest test of its kind ever conducted in Canada, Prof. Parker will appear live on the March 18 program as the guest expert to interpret Canadians’ IQ results as they are received in real time on the show.

Professor James Parker“Trent University has a strong background in test development, which is why the CBC selected our University,” explained Prof. Parker. “It was a fun project to collaborate on, and provided excellent learning opportunities to work on with my team of graduate psychology students.”

Recognized as one of Canada’s top experts in emotional intelligence, Prof. Parker is holder of a Canada Research Chair in Emotion and Health. In addition to his active research program at Trent, he teaches students from first-year psychology majors to graduate-level at the University.

“All the proceeds earned by Trent through this initiative have been directed back to the psychology graduate students involved to support costs associated with their research,” said Prof. Parker.

CBC associate producer Jane Mingay approached Prof. Parker last fall to ask if he would be interested in creating and standardizing the IQ tests for use in this interactive TV program.

"We spent part of the past summer working with the CBC producers developing the questions and revising them to ensure they accurately measured performance in five areas: language, memory, logic, math and perception,” said Prof. Parker.

A faculty member at Trent University for 12 years, Prof. Parker has published more than 100 articles and chapters, mostly in the areas of emotional intelligence and academic achievement. He co-developed the Coping Inventory for Successful Situations - a widely used measure of basic coping styles, which was published in 1990. In 2000, he co-developed the youth version of the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory - the first reliable and valid measure of emotional intelligence for children and adolescents. He is co-author of the 1997 book Disorders of affect regulation: Alexithymia in medical and psychiatric illness, and the co-editor of The Handbook of Emotional Intelligence, published in 2000. Prof. Parker was appointed associate vice president of the Office of Research at Trent University in 2004.

For more information go to Trent's Test the Nation web site.

Want to take the test? Visit CBC's Test the Nation web site.

Pick up your Test the Nation score cards at the Bookstore.