I am looking for scientific literature that suggests a link between verbal intelligence (i.e. one's capacity for reading comprehension and use of language) and one's aptitude for working with or producing novel thought in STEM fields such as the hard sciences (chemistry, physics), mathematics, and/or computer science. If there does not appear to be a link, I'd like scientific literature that expresses why this would be the case.

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    $\begingroup$ How do you define "successes"? If you are thinking on getting grant money in, than I bet excellent verbalization/writing skills are a plus. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Aug 21 '15 at 6:30
  • $\begingroup$ I meant more along the lines of understanding and working with the subject(s). For instance, it is clear that quantitative intelligence plays a role in science, engineering, and mathematics. I am wondering to what extent (if any) verbal intelligence could play a role. $\endgroup$ – Sydney Maples Aug 21 '15 at 7:24
  • $\begingroup$ So in that case, would the metric be impact factor? $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Aug 21 '15 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ It would be great if you could define success - academic success can be meaured in a great many ways as @Seanny123 indicates - grant money, #articles, doing awesome research, Nature articles, owning ones own lab, .... $\endgroup$ – AliceD Aug 21 '15 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ Agreed, too broad without defining "success." $\endgroup$ – Christian Hummeluhr Aug 21 '15 at 17:27

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