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Research 2017-05-07T23:49:45+00:00

Research Is Necessary

Research is necessary to understand giftedness on a physiological and psychological level so that the needs of the gifted population can be openly and comfortably discussed. Gifted is NOT “better than” it is simply “different than.”

In an era where society rushes to “fix” every response and behavior that does not fall within a range of “normal” we are doing a grave disservice to all populations outside the norm. The neurodiversity movement serves to provide insight and understanding into outlier populations. Though much study has been devoted to understanding both the physiological and psychological impact of individuals possessing developmental delays, far less research has been done on the physiological and psychological impact of giftedness. GRO’s mission of promoting a comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness provides insight as to what is “normal” for the outlier population known as gifted.

GRO’s Unique Approach

While studies on human intelligence exist, GRO’s approach is unique in its integrative nature. GRO is committed to studying giftedness from a multidisciplinary perspective to better understand physiological differences in gifted individuals and how these differences impact their lives, physically, emotionally and behaviorally.

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Our Research Past, Present and Future

GRO’s first step is to perform a literature review to explore existing primary research on giftedness related to the physiological, metabolic, neuroanatomical, neurochemical, cognitive, sensory and genetic differences found in gifted individuals. This literature review will help to clearly frame the questions for future original research. GRO has recently completed its literature review on the brain, the results of which will be posted on this website in the near future. It has also completed its literature review of the relationship between giftedness and genetics. GRO recently entered the final phase of its literature review and explore associations with giftedness and metabolism, sensory processing, gastrointestinal dysfunction, hormones and allergies.

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“As founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit reaching hundreds of thousands of families around the world who are parenting and educating gifted and twice exceptional children, I am thrilled with the appearance of GRO on the scene. I’ve been privileged to watch GRO blossom from an idea to reality and I cannot wait to see the results of their research projects come rolling in. There are many, many families and professionals who are desperate for data that has been largely available only anecdotally, but anecdotal data isn’t reliable nor is it taken seriously. The resulting lack of real support is a major obstacle in identifying and meeting the needs of this population. The work GRO intends is badly needed and I can’t think of a better group of people to take this on.”

Corin Goodwin, Executive Director, GHF: Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.
~ John Locke

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