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Teen Jeopardy Winner Leonard Cooper and the Perception of Intellect

Liz Dwyer

Arkansas teen Leonard Cooper's recent win on Jeopardy went viral on social media. But why? "Is it because so many either sympathize or empathize with a story about a kid who, already perceived as unintelligent due to his mannerisms, actually beats the competition? Is it because some of us have a very limited understanding of “knowledge” or what an educated person looks like? Do we still perceive intelligent as natural to some and exceptional in others?"

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