Iq And Human Intelligence

Paperback | April 1, 2011

byNicholas Mackintosh

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The question 'What is intelligence?' may seem simple to answer, but the study and measurement of human intelligence is one of the most controversial subjects in psychology. For much of its history, the focus has been on differences between people, on what it means for one person to be moreintelligent than another, and how such differences might have arisen, obscuring efforts to understand the general nature of intelligence. These are obviously fundamental questions, still widely debated and misunderstood. New definitions of intelligence and new factors affecting intelligence arefrequently being described, while psychometric testing is applied in most large industries.IQ and Human Intelligence provides a clear, authoritative overview of the main issues surrounding this fascinating area, including the development of IQ tests, the heritability of intelligence, theories of intelligence, environmental effects on IQ, factor analysis, relationship of cognitivepsychology to measuring IQ, and intelligence in the social context. The clear, accessible style and numerous explanatory boxes make this the ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology.

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The question 'What is intelligence?' may seem simple to answer, but the study and measurement of human intelligence is one of the most controversial subjects in psychology. For much of its history, the focus has been on differences between people, on what it means for one person to be moreintelligent than another, and how such differen...

Nicholas Mackintosh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University, having been Head of the Department from 1981 to 2002, and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1987 and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Califor...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199585598

ISBN - 13:9780199585595

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Table of Contents

1. The early development and uses of IQ tests2. Psychometric theories of intelligence3. The search for cognitive processes underlying components of IQ: Gs or speed and efficiency of information processing4. Verbal, spatial and fluid abilities: Gc, Gv and Gf5. Associative learning, working memory and executive control6. Intelligence and the brain7. Theories of g8. The stability of IQ and the rise and fall of intelligence9. The predictive validity of IQ - and its limits10. Is this all? Multiple aspects of intelligence11. Heritability: Kinship studies and single genes12. The environment: secular changes and social class13. Group differences14. Sex differences15. Epilogue

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Review from previous edition: "Mackintosh's new book is to be welcomed: it is comprehensive, up-to-date, well-informed, critical, and manages to offer a balanced introduction to the study of intelligence." --Swiss Journal of Psychology, v.59 no.3, Sep. 2000