The Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation is a nonprofit scientific research and educational organization with two primary commitments: to study human abilities and to provide people with a knowledge of their aptitudes that will help them in making decisions about school and work. Since 1922, hundreds of thousands of people have used our aptitude testing service to learn more about themselves and to derive more satisfaction from their lives.
Aptitudes are natural talents, special abilities for doing, or learning to do, certain kinds of things. Manual dexterity, musical ability, spatial visualization, and memory for numbers are examples of such aptitudes. In a comprehensive battery of tests available only through the Foundation, these and many other aptitudes are measured. These measured traits are highly stable over long-term periods.
Dr. Linda Houser-Marko of our research department recently presented a poster on musical aptitudes. Read about it here.
Our March 2012 Bulletin updates news of Foundation activities, and relates how our testing program has evolved over the last ninety years. Another article discusses some of our testing programs with veterans re-entering the civilian work force.
The CBS station in Dallas recently did a feature on our aptitude testing.
Anne Steiner, director of our Seattle office, participated in a podcast discussion of aptitude testing with L. Greg Voisen, creator of the website Inside Personal Growth.
Dr. Richard Haier investigated the neurological basis for performance on some of our tests. Read his recent paper, Gray matter correlates of cognitive ability tests used for vocational guidance. You can also read about this project here.