Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byIan J. Deary

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People value their powers of thinking and most of us are interested in why some people seem to drive a highly tuned Rolls Royce brain while others potter along with a merely serviceable Ford Fiesta. This Very Short Introduction describes what psychologists have discovered about how and whypeople differ in their thinking powers.The book takes readers from no knowledge about the science of human intelligence to a stage where they are able to make judgements for themselves about some of the key questions about human mental ability differences. Each chapter deals with a central issue that is both scientifically lively and ofconsiderable general interest, and is structured around a diagram which is explained in the course of the chapter. The issues discussed include whether there are several different types of intelligence, whether intelligence differences are caused by genes or the environment, the biological basis ofintelligence differences, and whether intelligence declines or increases as we grow older.

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People value their powers of thinking and most of us are interested in why some people seem to drive a highly tuned Rolls Royce brain while others potter along with a merely serviceable Ford Fiesta. This Very Short Introduction describes what psychologists have discovered about how and whypeople differ in their thinking powers.The boo...

Ian Deary is Professor of Psychology at Edinburgh University, and author of Personality Traits (1998, with Gerald Matthews). His next book, Looking Down on Human Intelligence, will be published this year by OUP.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:148 pages, 6.85 × 4.29 × 0.39 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192893211

ISBN - 13:9780192893215

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of illustrationsA word about correlation1. To see 'g' or not to see 'g': How many types of intelligence are there?2. Ageing and intelligence - senility or sagacity? What happens to mental abilities as we grow older?3. Brainy? Why are some people cleverer than others?4. 'They **** you up your Mum and Dad': Are intelligence differences a result of genes or environments or both?5. The (b)right man for the job: Does intelligence matter?6. The lands of the rising IQ: Is intelligence changing generation by generation?7. Twelve angry men: Getting experts to agree about human intelligence differencesFurther readingIndex

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`it is short and extremely readable'Journal of Advanced Nursing 2001