The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability
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The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability

by ArthurR. Jensen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275961036

ISBN-13: 9780275961039

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Jensen provides a comprehensive treatment of one of the major constructs of behavioral science—general mental ability—labeled the g factor by its discoverer, Charles Spearman. The g factor is about individual differences in mental abilities. In factor analyses of any and every large and diverse collection of measures of mental abilities,

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Jensen provides a comprehensive treatment of one of the major constructs of behavioral science—general mental ability—labeled the g factor by its discoverer, Charles Spearman. The g factor is about individual differences in mental abilities. In factor analyses of any and every large and diverse collection of measures of mental abilities, however varied the content of knowledge and skills they call upon, g emerges as the largest, most general source of differences between individuals and between certain subpopulations.

Jensen fully and clearly explains the psychometric, statistical, genetic, and physiological basis of g, as well as the major theoretical challenges to the concept. For decades a key construct in differential psychology, the g factor's significance for scholars and researchers in the brain sciences as well as education, sociology, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, economics, and public policy is clearly evident in this, the most comprehensive treatment of g ever published.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275961039
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence Series
Pages:
664
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.44(d)
Lexile:
1570L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

A Little History

The Discovery of g

The Trouble with "Intelligence"

Models and Characteristics of g

Challenges to g

Biological Correlates to g

The Heritability of g

Information Processing and g

The Practical Validity of g

Construct, Vehicles, and Measurements

Population Differences in g

Population Differences in g: Hypothesized Causes

Sex Differences in g

The g Nexus

Appendix A: Spearman's "Law of Diminishing Returns"

Appendix B: Method of Correlated Vectors

Appendix C: Multivariate Analyses of a Nexus

References

Index

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