Stuart J. Ritchie

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Stuart Ritchie
Stuart James Ritchie
EducationUniversity of Edinburgh
Known forResearch on human intelligence
Scientific career
InstitutionsKing's College London
ThesisStudies concerning the application of psychological science to education (2014)
Doctoral advisorsSergio Della Sala
Robert McIntosh

Stuart James Ritchie is a Scottish psychologist and science communicator known for his research in human intelligence. He has served as a lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London since the summer of 2018. He was previously active in researching intelligence as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh.[1][2][3] In 2021, his book Science Fictions was nominated for the £25,000 Royal Society Prize for Science Books but lost out to Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life.[4] Ritchie writes a newsletter titled Science Fictions for the newspaper i (on Substack prior to 2023) which, like his book of the same name, focuses on scientific controversies and bias and fraud in scientific research.[5]


  • Intelligence: All That Matters (2016, part of Teach Yourself's All That Matters series[6])
  • Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth (2020)[7]


  1. ^ "Bodley Head signs 'Freakonomics-style' peer-reviews exposé". The Bookseller. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ Mundasad, Smitha (4 August 2014). "Visual process 'key for sharp mind'". BBC News. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ Smith, Rory (13 June 2018). "IQ scores are falling and have been for decades". CNN. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Sheldrake Wins Royal Society Science Book Prize with 'Illuminating' Fungi Book". The Bookseller. 29 November 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  5. ^ Ritchie, Stuart (12 January 2023). "Why it seems we're getting worse at science". i. Archived from the original on 12 January 2023.
  6. ^ "All That Matters". Teach Yourself. Archived from the original on 3 December 2021.
  7. ^ Publication announcement at Macmillan

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